Candlelight Vigil Honors 27 Lives In Phil Campbell

As the sun starts to set behind the Phil Campbell football stadium, families gather to remember the lives lost.  It’s a very different scene from just a year ago.

“I just wanted to come here and pay my respects to those who lost loved ones and lost their lives completely,” said Bill Prichard, a Phil Campbell resident.

Everyone has a story of the storm.

“When we saw it, it was just a tragedy,” said Jerry Flack, from Phil Campbell.

Everyone has a memory of April 27th, 2011.

“I think this is all gonna stick with everybody,” said Amanda Flack.

But for Phil Campbell residents, one memory that will never fade is the men, women, and children who died from the storm’s relentless wrath.

One by one, names of 27 storm victims read aloud.

“When I hear their names, it’s probably going to tug at my heartstrings a little,” said Prichard.  “It was a tough day for me today, remembering what happened.”

And candles light to honor the lives, even though some were on this earth for just a short time, all made a lasting impression.

“They won’t never be forgot so, they’ll always be remembered,” said Flack.

As families wipe away tears, “Amazing Grace” rings through the stadium and a pastor urges people in the crowd, to lift these families up in prayer.

“I felt God’s love here, very much so,” said Prichard.

A sentiment felt by many in the stadium.