Posted: Jan 14, 2012 10:21 AM by Montana's News Station
Updated: Jan 14, 2012 10:22 AM
SIDNEY- The news of missing Sidney, Montana teacher Sherry Arnold's death sent shockwaves across the close knit community and prompted many of them to come together to grieve the loss of a beloved teacher.
Friday night, hundreds of people gathered at Sidney High School where 10 local spiritual leaders led a memorial at the school. Those leaders said they wanted to help the community come together and grieve, but also they wanted to send a strong message that they will rise around the fear and this tragedy.
The community became especially emotional during the memorial when they sang "Amazing Grace" and held hands during "The Lords Prayer."
One pastor told the students, many of whom have known Arnold for years, that they have had something taken from them, but what she gave to them can never be taken away.
"We can't even think clearly," said Pastor George Karres of Pella Lutheran Church. "We've been devastated, but we're getting through it with each other and, most of all, with God. And we're leaning on each other right now."
Arnold went for a run on Saturday, Jan. 7 and never returned home. The school district announced on its website on Friday that they had received word of Arnold's death. Law enforcement speaking at a press conference in Sidney on Friday afternoon confirmed the death.
Two men are being detained for questioning in connection with the case. A 47-year-old man is being questioned in Williston, North Dakota and a 22-year-old man is being questioned in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Authorities have released few other details about the death or the men who are being questioned.
Arnold's disappearance rocked Sidney, located about 100 miles south of the Canadian border. It has a population of just below 5,200 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.