Devastating wouldn’t even begin to describe what the last few weeks have been like for the community of Milledgeville.
In response to the unfortunate events that have struck the small city that is northeast of Macon, residents of Milledgeville came together on Monday to pray for each other, as reported by Fox 24 WGXA.
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Earlier in the month, on February 4, Georgia Military College student Logan Jones died after being hit by a Georgia College bus. Not even two days after that, GC’s dining facilities shut down after a reported stomach illness outbreak among the students.
Then this past Sunday, Feb. 10, a fire engulfed a Georgia College fraternity house. Fortunately, there were no casualties or injuries to any of the 10 students who were inside when the fire broke out.
Stephen Wilson, the college’s director of counseling services, said that he’s never seen students experience so much in such a short amount of time in the 10 years he’s been there. Wilson also said he’s seen a large number of students seeking help.
The prayer event on Monday night brought about all kinds of emotions, but what was mostly demonstrated was a strong sense of community.
Georgia College student Carrie Grace said she was directly affected by the stomach illness outbreak. She also said that everyone can feel the tension on campus.
“There’s just a moment of silence anytime someone walks through that intersection,” Grace said, referring to the corner of Hancock and Clarke streets where Jones was hit and killed.
More than 100 students gathered inside Centennial Center to pray, worship and comfort each other.