Volunteers Devastated at the Horseshoe Arena 11/15/12
CBS 7 News
November 15, 2012
Midland, TX - The Horseshoe Complex is where Thursday’s show of support dinner was supposed to be held.
It’s an annual event that's the centerpiece of the Hunt for Heroes weekend.
Thursday night, the horseshoe was lit up, but empty. Most of the people involved with the event are keeping watch on those who were injured in this tragedy.
“A bunch of us were volunteering to help set up and help people in any way we could when they got there,” said Rebecca Patterson who was a volunteer at the Horseshoe Arena. She helped set up a dinner for the veterans. The celebration was supposed to wrap up a day of honoring these wounded soldiers, but instead they were left waiting. She says she knew something was wrong.
“We just heard that a truck was hit by a train,” she said, “Then a few minutes later the Chef Deputy came in and told us it was the trailer carrying the heroes and their families.”
She says she felt helpless waiting for information.
“We are so sad for the families,” she said, “We broke into small prayer circles and just prayed hard.”
Even Midlanders who were just passing by the crash say they are invested.
“It's very heart breaking they didn't die in the field but something had to happen to them here at home,” said Norma Juarez who went to the crash scene when she heard the news.
“My brother is in the Marines and it’s devastating,” Jesus Juarez said, “My thoughts and prayers are with the families.”