Students rally together to support Gulf Shores parade victims


This was an emotional day at Gulf Shores High School. Starting with a morning assembly as students returned from the Mardi Gras Holiday today.

"Everyone sat there and prayed, we had a big prayer together everyone took silence but it was a different experience very different from what I've ever experienced in high school," said one student, a senior who did not want to be identified.

The day after the tragic crash was a day of reflection and prayer at the high school. School Principal

Ernie Rosado who is set retire this year talked about these students like they were his own children.

"We'll get through it the city of gulf shores, the school board have been with us. we are going to get through all this," said Rosado.

Students know its all about supporting each other in the days ahead.

"I know people are going to be upset about it but we are a big family community here so I feel everyone is going to get together and help each other out," said senior Logan Holland.

All it takes is a little caring. The outpouring of support from this community shined through this morning.

One local church group brought food for the teachers and staff.

"We want to show our community how much we love them and how much we are behind them and that we are here and that we are ready to listen and make ourselves available," said Colleene Cronin with Coastal Community Church.

On to the investigation. Police say 73-year-old Larry Rathburn the driver of the SUV that hit the band members has not been charged. A second round of interviews with Rathburn took place today.

"We've got five detectives working on this full time right now just to make sure we have all the bases covered. We are not going to release any information until it becomes factual information.

We have a lot of work to do," said Grant Brown with the City of Gulf Shores.

Police say they are grateful for all the help. Pictures and videos sent in by parade goers.

All will be used as evidence as they try to piece the investigation together.