"A Night of Healing and Hope" in Duncan

Duncan_Hope and healing were the mission of Friday night's remembrance service in Duncan.

The town has been reeling in the wake of Australian Chris Lane's killing, and the arrests of three  Duncan teenagers in what appears to be a random murder.

Hundreds came to Duncan's Plato Elementary School to honor Lane's legacy and to begin the town's healing process.

Duncan Mayor Gene Brown says this week has been extremely difficult and emotional for his community and himself personally.

"At first it was a reaction that, 'No this could not be happening in Duncan.' It was shock, sitting down looking for answers and thinking about it. When I first heard it, all I could do was just sit there and cry. It was so painful and hurtful thinking about the parents and the friend that had invited him here in Duncan," Mayor Brown said.

At Friday's ceremony, pastors from five churches, community leaders, and legislators spoke about uniting the community through hope for the future.

"We apologize for what happened, but at the same time this community has to keep going because it is a community with lots of loving and giving people in so many ways," Brown said.