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Vigil, grief counseling planned for tornado community

March 11, 2019
Katie Nobles photographs crosses representing the 23 lives lost in the tornado that hit the Beauregard community on March 3, to share with her friend who was injured in the storm and lost loved ones, Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Providence Baptist Church in Beauregard, Ala. Nobles' friend Kayla Grimes lost family members to the storm and is still recovering from serious injuries in a Birmingham hospital. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — A candlelight vigil and grief counseling are being planned as students return to school in an Alabama community where nearly two dozen people died in a tornado outbreak.

Churches are planning an event that will include candlelight remembrances and prayer on Monday night at Beauregard High School in rural east Alabama. An organizer, Angela Bush, tells WSFA-TV that people need hope amid the devastation.

A grief counselor met with teachers Monday to assist them in helping students as classes resume Tuesday in the Lee County school system that includes Beauregard.

Severe weather that included a powerful EF4 tornado devastated parts of the Southeast on March 3, killing 23 people in Beauregard. The dead include 10 members of one extended family and range in age from 6 to 89.