Students at UH Manoa Hold Prayer Vigil For Virginia Tech Victims

Juliana Barnes
Juliana Barnes

MANOA (KHNL) - Rain fell on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, matching the somber mood Wednesday night.

The school's Campus Crusade for Christ, an on-campus bible study group, turned its weekly meeting into a prayer vigil for the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre.

They listen.  They talk.  They remember student victims on a college campus much like their own.

For Virginia native Juliana Barnes, the news of Monday's massacre made her think about her friends at Virginia Tech.

"Immediately I was shocked and my thoughts were, 'Okay, this could be someone I know,'" she said.

Her friends were not harmed, but the tragedy made her reach out to her home state on the other side of the country.

"I want them to know that, even though Hawaii is so far away," Barnes said.  "It may seem like they're alone in it, people even this far are caring and praying and I'm here just for them."

Barnes adds, this is also a time to help those who can't help themselves.

"I think what we can do to maybe not prevent it," she said, "but reach out to people in need of other people."

Barnes said the Virginia Tech massacre changed her and her generation.

"If anything it makes you realize how fragile life is and just how you need to tell people you love them," she said. "Just understanding that: what a special gift it is that we have life on this earth."

So they pray.

Pray for the victims alive and dead.