Five people were killed in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday when a man being let go from his job opened fire at the Henry Pratt Co. in the Chicago suburb. During the termination meeting, the gunman took out a pistol and began killing people, authorities said. He then stormed into a warehouse and was killed after firing at police.
The wife of one of the victims of the horrific mass shooting that occurred in Illinois over the weekend has expressed her deep-rooted faith in Christ in the face of such brutal tragedy and grief.
37-year-old victim Josh Pinkard’s wife Terra, who said despite this horrific tragedy she will continue to praise the Lord ‘for giving me this man’ in a beautiful show of gratitude amidst pain.
Clayton Parks, a human resources manager at the Henry Platt Company plant, was also gunned down in the horrific workplace attack. Clayton’s wife, Abby, described her late husband as an “incredible father” and her “best friend.”
“Every time I’ve closed my eyes over the last twelve hours, I’ve opened them hoping to wake from a terrible dream, but that’s not the case. I’m living my worst nightmare,” Abby Parks wrote on Facebook Saturday. “I am devastated.”
But despite the all-consuming heartache and excruciating loss, Abby said it was her faith in God that offers some measure of comfort to her and her 10-month-old son, Axel.
“Beneath all the fog and the shock, and the crushing pain, I believe the same God that brought us together and gave us our precious son will somehow carry us through,” Abby wrote.
“I’ll love you always and miss you forever, Clay.”
A GoFundMe has been set up to help Abby and Axel as they look ahead to a future without Clayton. The fundraiser, some of which will go towards paying for Axel’s future college education, is currently at just over $16,000.
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