RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- The hot air hung heavy - and so, too, did the mood -- inside the Russellville High School stadium Friday night as family, friends and community members gathered to remember Staff Sgt. David Wyatt, a U.S. Marine killed in the July 16 attacks at military facilities in Tennessee.
As dusk approached about 8 p.m., hundreds took their seats in the stadium's bleachers and listened to testimonies from a few of Wyatt's high school classmates, his Boy Scout Master, junior high track coach and eighth-grade history teacher.
At the end of the ceremony, the stadium's lights went dark, and flames from hundreds of candles illuminated the faces of those holding them. A small choir, accompanied by the strumming of an acoustic guitar, softly sang Amazing Grace.