Hundreds of students, parents and teachers gathered at the Smithson Valley High School’s football stadium Wednesday night to remember the lives of four young students and alumni.
Jessica Gawhi, 24, was one of 12 people killed on July 20 in the Colorado movie theater shootings.
On that very same day, student Kali Gorzell was killed in a boating accident in Aransas Pass.
Khang Hunyh, who died of a brain tumor last fall, and Randall Perkins, the victim of a shooting earlier this spring, were also honored at the event.
“Four deaths in one year really impacted our community, so we thought it was important to pay a special tribute to those lives,” said Melissa Lewalski, whose daughter was a student organizer of the event.
The memorial was part of the nationwide “Fields of Faith” event sponsored by Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a student organization.
"It’s been awesome to see how we can celebrate their lives through Jesus,” said Mikayla Lewalski, a student organizer.
Amid prayer and worship, a video tribute was played showing the faces of the young lives lost. It was followed by a moment of silence.
"Although we miss them, they’re celebrating in heaven,” said Paul Brand, who is a youth minister at Bulverde Baptist Church. “This is a chance for us to get a piece of what that looks like here with our friends a family in this stadium."