Councilors to host prayer service for storm victims

From Staff Reports

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The public is invited to Holy Trinity Community Church in Elizabeth City today to offer prayer and support to Friday’s tornado victims, City Councilors Darius Horton and Montravias King said Monday.

Horton said he and Rivers Community Funeral Home will host the event, inviting storm victims and the rest of the community to the church at 6 p.m. The event is also to ask for donations to storm victims in Pasquotank and surrounding counties, many of whom lost their homes in the storm, Horton said.

Horton and King said the tornadoes hit the 4th Ward especially hard, with Horton noting he also went days without power. He praised city residents for their patience and resilience while city crews worked quickly to restore power.

King offered similar thoughts, and praised police Chief Eddie Buffaloe Jr. for coordinating the city’s response as acting city manager. City Manager Rich Olson was out of town for a funeral when the storm hit. City employees stepped up for the major emergency, King said.

“I don’t think hardly anyone slept this weekend,” King said.

King hoped for a good turnout at today’s service because “a lot of people are suffering because they lost their homes.”

“It’s times like these we really need to come together the most,” King said.