MCGREGOR, TEXAS (FOX 44) — The McGregor community gathered at Bethlehem Christian Church tonight for a prayer vigil to watch over the Aviles family.
Investigators did not release the names of the victims killed earlier this morning, but organizers say Lori and Natalie Aviles were two of five victims today, leaving behind two sons.
The grief could be felt by members of the McGregor community as they filled the shrine to celebrate the lives of Natalie and Lori.
Today’s vigil was something no one could have predicted, but coming together is something everyone in the community needed.
Music and tears filled the hall of the Bethlehem Christian Church where Lori and Natalie Aviles both served as church leaders.
Lori worked as a nurse and cared for everyone she met.
Her niece Brittnie Olvera says her personality and that of Natalie were unique.
“Lori and Natalie were very bubbly people. Like the pastor said, you wouldn’t know they had lost their father, that was a few years ago,” Olvera said. “They just have this type of personality, this go-getter, very strong-willed personality.”
McGregor leaned on God today to read scriptures, sing hymns and share memories of the two women knowing they are in a better place.
Every speaker at the end of their speech said their arms were always open for Lori’s sons, Ezra and Zion Aviles.
One of the most heartbreaking moments today is the life Natalie was unable to live fully.
She had her sights set on becoming a doctor, dreamed of getting married, and loved Disneyworld.
The Aviles family now has a gofundme page for anyone to help with funeral costs.
Please remember that this is an ongoing investigation and we will make sure to keep you updated live and online.