Workplace Tragedy: Community Comes Together in Prayer

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TUNKHANNOCK, WYOMING COUNTY-(WBRE/WYOU)   A Wyoming County community is coming together to remember the victims of a workplace shooting in Eaton Township.  Three people died- when a gunman opened fire inside the Weis Supermarket, he then turned the gun on himself, On Thursday night, hundreds of people gathered at the county courthouse in Tunkhannock for a prayer service. Eyewitness News Reporter Kelly Choate was there.

They came from different churches — with the same mission — to pray for the victims of the tragedy near Tunkhannock.

“In this community, we’re all like a family, so everyone knows everyone. Anything of this magnitude is affecting all of us.” said John Fabiseski who attended the prayer service

Organizers of the prayer service at the Wyoming County Courthouse passed out single white roses — a symbol of hope for the future — as many people struggle to make sense of this horrific crime.

“We don’t expect to be taken out of this life by going to work and being shot.” said Joanne Pettis

The short service was an emotional one — filled with hugs, tears, and powerful moments of silence — not only for Terry Sterling, Brian Hayes, and Victoria Brong — but also for the suspect’s family.

“We don’t know anything about them, what they’re like, and we don’t know if they knew what their son was going through.” added Pettis.

Now this tight-knit community is going through the painful healing process — a journey that began with a heartbreaking rendition of a song that brings people together at the toughest times, Amazing Grace.

“It’s going to take a lot of shoulders, ears, and supportive people to hold each other together, because I don’t think any of us have ever been through anything like this, and we need to ban together to get through it.” noted John Fabiseski

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