As you would expect, Friday’s football game at South Umpqua High (Myrtle Creek, Ore.) was a somber occasion in the wake of the mass shooting at nearby Umpqua Community College.
At halftime, players, coaches and community members from Far West League rival Brookings-Harbor joined their South Umpqua counterparts in a touching tribute to the victims.
As the public address announcer read the names of those killed this past Thursday — Lucero Alvarez, Treven Taylor Anspach, Rebecka Ann Carnes, Quinn Glen Cooper, Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, Lucas Eibel, Jason Dale Johnson, Lawrence Levine and Sarena Dawn Moore — hundreds gathered at midfield to release balloons and join hands in Pastor Dan Jacoy’s prayer, following a moment of silence and a moving performance of “Taps.”
“We pray for the families of those who lost loved ones,” the pastor said. “Our hearts are overwhelmingly touched and broken because of it, and we pray out of the ashes — we will be stronger, and you will lift up the families.”
Carnes played softball at South Umpqua High School before graduating in a ceremony on the football field this past June and attending Umpqua Community College this fall.