Kids from Roswell begin healing process

Church holds gathering in wake of school shooting

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – As students from Berrendo Middle School prepare to head back to class, the community has gathered to support them.

On Thursday morning, the doors of the school will open again and as officials said earlier, hundreds of students who witnessed the shooting will have trouble coping with the tragedy. On Wednesday night, several of them gathered in prayer.

The First Baptist Church in Roswell hosted their regular Wednesday night service, but this one was special. The pastor says they wanted to focus on the kids.

Some Berrendo Middle School students were on the stage playing and singing worship songs. They prayed with one another and offered support.

We’re told several kids that attend the church go to Berrendo Middle School and were there when the shooting happened.

On Wednesday night, the pastor said those students are each dealing with the shooting differently, but they want those kids to know they’re not alone.

“We want to be there to pray with them, to talk with them, to sit with them, and just be a shoulder to cry on, to hold their hand through everything as much as we can,” said Pastor Jacob Bassing.

Multiple kids say  they’re glad to go back to school Thursday and talk more with their friends and be there for each other.

There will be a group outside the school Thursday morning encouraging them as they return to their routine. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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