The community held a mass and potluck dinner at the Old Parish Church in Sheffield. People of all faiths came together to pray and remember friends and neighbors who lost their lives this week.
On Sunday, the town learned that 24 year-old, Samya Stumo, was killed in an Ethiopian plane crash. She was on way to Uganda to help a global public health organization.
And on Wednesday, another tragedy hit Sheffield. A young family of 5 was found dead inside their burning home. Authorities now calling it an apparent murder-suicide.
“The best thing to do is to not isolate yourself and stew on this horrific news,” said Reverend Erik Karas, pastor of Christ Trinity Church. “But instead, find those people that care for you and you care about, and share your feelings and process those things together.”
At the event, members of the American Red Cross were on hand, as well as therepy dogs to help provide comfort to those who are greiving.