Two weeks after a parking lot attendant was shot outside Kauffman Stadium, friends and family came together Saturday night to wish her a speedy recovery.
Renee Bruce, 41, faces a long and tough road after she was shot in the stomach the afternoon of Sept. 14.
Friends said they wanted to have the prayer vigil to show support for the injured woman and help raise funds for her exorbitant medical costs.
"It's going be slow, but she is making progress," a friend, Tyra Frazier, said.
Loved ones gathered outside the old Southeast High School, located at 3500 E. Meyer Blvd., where many of them first met Bruce.
"Everybody knows my sister. They know she is a happy woman. She is caring. I just want everybody to say their prayers and hope she gets well," Bruce's brother, Maurice Bruce, said.
Bruce and Marcus L. Collins of Raytown had dated but had broken up. Police said Collins drove to Kauffman Stadium where Bruce was preparing to direct game traffic.
Collins shot Bruce before killing himself.
"It has been real tough, because I actually work out there in the same parking lot with her, but I wasn't there at the time," Maurice Bruce said. I think it is going be real hard to go back out there just to see the area where she was."
Alvin Brooks, a leading voice against violence in Kansas City, took the chance at the prayer vigil to reminder others to choose healthy relationships and to watch for signs that someone could be reaching a breaking point.
"You never know what will push us over the edge," Brooks said.
However, everyone in attendance Saturday night said they never saw the violent act coming, and they are now relying on prayer and each other to see Bruce through.
"It kind of shook everybody, just kind of rocked everybody's world," Teresa Winters said.
Click here to see a Facebook page created for Bruce.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:12:05 GMT
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