KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WJBK) - The Kalamazoo community came together at multiple locations Tuesday night to heal after a mass shooting shook the city.
People gathered in prayers and support at the Cracker Barrel parking lot where four of the victims of the shooting spree lost their lives.
"We are offering just open prayer and support for anybody and everybody," said Dori Beltz, who organized the gathering. She and her husband went to the restaurant to eat, then sent out a Facebook plea urging people not to shy away.
"I think a lot of people feel really restless around here not knowing really what to do with tehmselves and this just felt like a very practical way, a very organic way to get involved," Betlz said.
Hundreds showed up and packed the restaurant for dinner, including Jeff and Kyle See who saw it as an opportunity to explain the shootings to their granddaughter.
"She was really scared when she heard everything, so we came out here," said Kyle See. "(We) thought maybe it would kind of give her some closure."
Jeff See added that the shooting bothered his granddaughter.
"I've been kind of scared but I realized that things are very rare," Kylen See said.
About a thousand others brought candels and paper laterns to the soccer field of the high school where 17-year-old Tyler Smith played soccer. He and his father Richard were shot and killed while looking for a car at a KIA dealership. Tyler was a senior scheduled to graduate this spring.
Jason Dalton, 45, faces 16 was arraigned on charges for killing six people and injuring two others.