Loss has become a familiar refrain at Alderson Academy.
"What is this world coming to?" asked teacher Mary Jo Wilson. She offered hugs to students to cope with the murders of three classmates. "It's awful to think that somebody would do such a thing to little children who haven't even had a chance to live," she cried.
Outside, a field of balloons filled with prayers. "It just touches you down on the inside," said student Asya Harris. She sang Amazing Grace, and felt tied to the lost. "Well, you actually feel a connection when you think about how it could have been you and it could have been somebody else that you knew even if you didn't know them," she said.
"It makes you cry inside my friend," said former Lubbock City Councilman T.J. Patterson, expressing grief, urging vigilance. "We as neighbors gotta be nosier in the neighborhoods when we see things happen, we have to get involved," he said.
Set free, a floating vision of blue and white, taking with it, some of the pain that's been so heavy. "Go upwards, going back where we come from," said Patterson. "Basically, just angels - it just makes you think of angels just flying," added Harris.