COSTA MESA — With heads bowed and the rain pouring over them, local church leaders and hundreds of congregants encircled Costa Mesa City Hall in prayer Monday.
Representing numerous faiths, they prayed in a show of support as the city recovers from the suicide of one of its employees and others who face layoffs six months from now.
"Today we're simply here to show support and love for our city in light of everything that's been happening," said Becks Heyhoe, an organizer for One Church for Our City, a coalition of Costa Mesa churches. "There's a lot of unrest and a lot of change. Morale has been low."
From noon to 12:45 p.m., more than 200 people, mostly congregants from local churches like Rockharbor and Soul Survivor Church, stood in prayer on the walkway lining City Hall. They were holding white roses.
Most stood in silence, others mouthing prayers, while the rain poured. Attendees left their flowers at the site after the vigil ended.