Prayer Vigil Held to Remember Accident Victims in Newport

September 6, 2006 -- Posted at 12:00 a.m. CDT

NEWPORT, AR -- The love the people in the community of Newport have for one another is evident in the support they show.

Droves of family and friends took part in Wednesday night's prayer service for Beverly Tapp, Jane Wright, and the other people hurt Tuesday night.

"Our hearts are broken.  We've been shook down to our foundations.  This community is strong and we will pull together," said First Baptist Church pastor Mike Smith.

Everyone who attended the service has a special connection to one of the victims.

"Mrs. Tapp was one of the best teachers I ever had.  She was funny and nice and she always had something nice to say to everyone," said former student Haley Hutchinson.

Two of the women still remain in very serious condition, and while these supporters are praying for them, they are also remembering those lost.

"This is a terrible tragedy for us.  Newport is a tight knit town, and everyone knew them," said Newport resident Bud Black.

For now this community is just trying to be there for one another.

An account is set up for anyone who would like to make a donation.  That account is set up at the Merchant and Planters Bank in Newport.

Merchant and Planters Bank

P.O. Box 650

Newport, AR 72112

Or call them at 870-523-3601.

Make all checks payable to "Friends of the September 5th Accident" at the bank.