Night of Hope Vigil Honors Victims of Lee County Tornadoes

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BEAUREGARD, AL -- (WTVY) Beauregard High School's gym was full of music and prayer during a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of the tornado that ripped through Lee County on March 3rd.

"It was good seeing everyone come out and enjoying themselves and to pay homage to the families and this county, this community," said Deputy Tim Treadwell of the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Treadwell is used to serving the community, but after the piano player got sick, he wound up performing a different service at the Lee County Night of Hope, singing praise and worship.

"Recovery is always something that's needed. It's going to take time - it's going to take time to heal. The fact that we, as a community are taking the time to start moving forward and learning from it, I think is amazing," Treadwell said.

The Night of Hope brought together pastors and musicians from several different churches in Beauregard, but more importantly, it brought the community together to support those who lost everything in the category EF-4 tornado that killed 23.

Bobby Kidd, who lost his grandson in the tornado, said, "The vigil tonight was wonderful. The support that my family and the other 22 families received was just overwhelming."

Kidd's grandson A.J. was the youngest person to die in the storm, at just six years old.
Hesays A.J. could light up a room with his energy and loved watching cartoons and Alabama football.

"Things like this - the people coming together, just hugging us, praying with us, lighting the candles to show the love, it makes it easier to get through day-by-day, knowing that you have the support of other people behind you," Kidd said.

After the music and speeches, everyone grabbed a candle and watched as the grieving families released 23 sky lanterns in remembrance.

Anyone who wants to help tornado victims can text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.