LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Isaac (Redeemer - Spokane Valley, Washington) and his team, along with Hearts of Mercy & Compassion (HMC), paid tribute to the victims of the University of Idaho shooting during a vigil held in Moscow on Monday, November 13.
The event was held to honor the memories of Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, and Madison Mogen, who were murdered a year ago. Isaac and his team provided comfort and support to the attendees, offering a much-needed source of solace during this difficult time. Their presence was a reminder of the healing power of animals and the importance of community in times of grief.
The four HMCs, in honor of each victim, were set up to provide a space for people to write messages of hope and healing. During our visit, we were overwhelmed by God's presence and the impact of Isaac's comforting presence.
Isaac and the hearts and crosses served as a bridge for conversations, allowing us to show mercy and compassion to those grieving. It was heartwarming to see how the simple act of writing messages could provide comfort and closure to people. We were deeply moved by the gratitude and tears of those who thanked us for being there.
The four speakers at the vigil were the victims' best friends and displayed immense courage as they shared their heartfelt messages. Their words resonated deeply with everyone in attendance, offering solace and hope in the midst of grief.
After the vigil, Isaac's team visited each of the sorority and fraternity houses where the victims lived to present them with their sisters' and brother's hearts and crosses. The compassion and empathy witnessed during their visit left a lasting impact on everyone.
"Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven." Matthew 5:16