Local congregation in mourning after Vestavia Hills shooting
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Dany Tomas
Churchgoers across the nation are in mourning in the wake of a deadly shooting last week during a potlock at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills. Three people died, and the 70-year-old suspect was arrested and is charged with capital murder.
In Tuscaloosa, Christ Episcopal Church hosted a prayer vigil Friday in honor of the Vestavia congregation. Parishioners said their hearts are heavy for that congregation alongside a new awareness that something similar could happen anywhere.
“When I first heard about it it was gut-wrenching,” said Christ Episcopal Assistant Music Director Laurel Proctor. “Chills went over my body and I thought, ‘oh no, it really makes it close and personal that it can happen here.’ ”
Rev. Paul Pradat emphasized how important it is to send grief counselors and help to church leaders and their flock.
The Tuscaloosa and Vestavia Hills churches belong to the same diocese.