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The Town of St. Joseph holds memorial for Tensas hostage victims

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ST. JOSEPH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Tuesday night's memorial in Tensas Parish is meant as one of the first steps in moving forward, but for many, it's not easy.

"It's hard. I'm sorry. Just give me a second," Memorial organizer Leslie Durham said.

Durham was brought to tears when thinking about her friends, Jay Warbington and LaDean McDaniel. She also is a good friend of Patricia White.

"I know where they grew up. I know their families. I know their parents and their kids and their grandkids. It's just hard to explain. It's different from other places," Durham said.

Hundreds came together outside Tensas State Bank, hoping to build a stronger community.

Music touched the hearts of those at the memorial along with speeches leaving some wiping away tears.

"You can shed tears now that they are gone or you can smile because of the way they lived," Colonel Michael Edmonson said while speaking to the crowd.

Edmonson is back in St. Joseph to help the town heal the wound brought on by tragedy. Also, many are turning to prayer as the answer to moving forward.

"The enemy is actually in the spiritual war," Pastor Dewayne Butler said. "So we need spiritual warfare. People who will pray. People who will seek the faith of God like never before."

And for the relatives of the victims...

"Starting now, we've got family here, we've got a community," Durham said." This is our chance to show them and wrap our arms around them and let them know we're here for them."

A group of volunteers were responsible for this memorial, even several cooks took some time out to feed anyone attending the memorial.



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