After dawn broke, Tonya Vanmeter was trying to find her friend Eric, who worked very close to the shooting site.
“Once I found out about it, I just lost it. I went hysterical,” VanMeter said. “He is a really really good friend of mine. … My husband tried to call, left a message on his voice mail. … I’m hoping and praying that he’s all right.”
Since then, multiple phone lines have been set up for people to get more information about their loved ones who may have been in the Oregon District. People can call (937) 333-8431, or 333-8428, or 333-8421, or 333-8446.
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At Sunday morning services at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, a few hundred yards east of the shooting site, Rev. Ken Pleiman tried to help parishioners process the tragedy. He said people are shocked and lost after a three-month stretch that included a Ku Klux Klan rally, devastating tornadoes and now, a mass shooting.
“Once more this morning, we’re challenged to look at this hatred that seems to be overwhelming our country,” Pleiman said. “In our world there is both unity and virtue, there is also hatred and anger. Each day we have the opportunity to embrace one another. The scriptures tell us about these two facets of life and leave no doubt as to where God is leading us and what we must do.”