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Midland residents come together to support train tragedy victims

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MIDLAND, TX (KCBD) -

It's been four days since the train tragedy struck Midland, but the city is more unified than ever - banding together to help the victims in every way possible.

Midland residents gathered downtown on Saturday night for a candlelight vigil. It was something as simple as a candle, but for them, it represented a flicker of hope.

"This event has brought us all together. To see an entire melting pot here on one accord is incredible," Pastor Tommie Hale said.

Hundreds braved the wind in Centennial Park to remember the four men who lost their lives on Thursday. Men who had already sacrificed so much for our country.

"Many times in this journey, we don't understand why this happens, but we must understand that he is sovereign," Hale said.

Tears were shed and shoulders were leaned on as this community starts to pick up the pieces.

 "I looked around and saw people leaning on each other and saw people asking for a light for their candles," Hale said.

However, this gathering wasn't the only way the community has shown it's support. Everywhere you turned over the weekend there was a helping hand, trying to do their part. Harold Fuller with the West Texas Drillers Football Team brought his team out to collect money outside of Walmart.

"They were heroes who got injured protecting our countries so we have to show our support," Fuller said.

In two days, the West Texas Driller's helped raise over 100,000 dollars for the victims families.

"These are fantastic people. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. They know how to support the people who protect our country," Fuller said.

Therefore, It's certain these gestures are only the beginning from a community that is stronger than ever.

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