(Duane Morrison, 53, was identified as the gunman by police).
Bailey, CO has been rocked by actions of a man under the influence of Evil. There is much healing to be done in this community for sure. It would be a PERFECT spot for men to plant churches. Looking at the demographic data, the median family income in this area is $57,012 and a poverty-rate of about 12%. So this is a community of working class and poor whites. The forgotten ones of Reformed church planting for sure.
Bailey's not "urban"(neither poor nor "cool and progressive with artists") nor "suburban", the income's not high enough, and it's the wrong racial group's poverty so I wonder if there are people who would consider moving there to help this community heal?
Park County, CO is in much need of missional salt and light!
Thank God for the Baptist, Methodist, and non-denominational churches for their vision, mission, and leadership for communities like this and for being there in Bailey, CO and Park County reminding the rest of the church that the Gospel is not only for the "cool and trendy" nor "the influential." May they serve the people during this time with the comfort of the Gospel.
High schools are some of the most dangerous places to be in America lately, it seems. Thoughts, fellas?
Here's a brief from CNN:
BAILEY, Colorado (CNN) -- As 16-year-old Emily Keyes was being held hostage by a gunman in the last hours of her life, she tapped out one last text message to her family: "I love u guys."
Police released the text message and a photo of Keyes on Thursday, as they continued to investigate the Wednesday incident in classroom 206 at Platte Canyon High School.
Keyes was one of two girls whose screams spurred SWAT teams to storm a Colorado classroom where a gunman was holding them hostage, officials said Thursday.
Duane Morrison, 53, had already sexually assaulted and "traumatized" the students when the raid was ordered to end the Wednesday standoff, Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener said.
Morrison used Keyes as a human shield when the officers burst in. Morrison shot her in the back of her head when she tried to escape, Joe Morales, executive director of Colorado's Department of Public Safety, told reporters.