PORTLAND Friends, family, classmates, and community members gathered at the Sunset Presbyterian Church Tuesday evening to pray for the safe return of Kyron Horman.
We are here because we all feel there is hope in this situation, said a musician playing before the group of several hundred.
The vigil was organized by a member of the Sunset Presbyterian Church who attended high school with Kyron's father, Kaine. The ceremony moved many to tears and it was designed to bring hope to the Horman family, who watched from a private suite in the church.
In the midst of a crisis, people need hope and that's what we get and that's why we're here tonight, said Senior Pastor Ron Kincaid.
Watching from the seclusion of thier private windowed suite, the Hormans were out of sight, but not far from mind.
We're all incredibly heartbroken and at the same time we have hope that Kyron will be returned to his family safe and sound, said Skyline Elementary School Principal Ben Keefer.
In addition to the prayers, visitors shared messages of hope and encouragement for the Kyron family in an area of the church that was set up for people to leave encouraging messages.
Kyron's family left the church without addressing the audience, exiting from a private door to an awaiting van.
The event began at 7 p.m. in church sanctuary, located at 14986 NW Cornell Rd., in Portland. The sanctuary was also open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday for any individuals who wanted to pray in private for Kyron and his family.