Prattville church raises money for shooting victims

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) -- More than 100 miles away, the news of Michael McLendon's violent shooting spree still stings.

Members of Prattville's Destiny Christian Center looked to lessen the blow to the victims' families Saturday, offering roadside service for anyone willing to donate.

"[We're collecting] any funds they may need for funeral, medical, whatever.. We're just trying to get people out and get this money out for those people who are hurting," explained Lynn Petty, the event's organizer.

Some residents answered the call anxious to help ease the pain--and financial burden--in any way they could.

"I just couldn't believe it--that somebody would feel like something was that wrong in their life that they needed to do something like that," said Karen Mock of Deatsville.

"We actually go to church here and heard about the fundraiser, so we're doing what we can to help out.  Everybody throws in what they can and you end up with a whole lot in the end of it," explained Rick Woodall of Prattville.

Law enforcement officers also showed their support as one of their own, Geneva County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Meyers mourns the loss of his wife and child.

"It could happen any day.  It's tough to think about that, but when we strap on the bulletproof vest every day to protect the community, that's what we have to put up with," said Deputy Steve Adams of the Autauga County Sheriff's Office.

It's a tough frame of mind after a tragedy that left 10 people dead--and communities across the state scrambling to help the families get through the difficult times.

"Even though we're in a totally different community, it's a godsend," Adams said.

Saturday, Destiny Christian Center raised a little more than $800.

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