We all know the tragedy this community has endured with the heartbreaking loss of Terry Smith Jr. Emotions are running high at this time. Many of you have expressed these emotions on our website and Facebook page -- some appropriately, some not.
Today, many of our readers -- especially those who joined the volunteer search for the missing boy -- are expressing anger that the public is not invited to the memorial service Saturday at Revival Christian Fellowship in Menifee. This is understandable. However, I ask you not to blame the people at Revival, who are in a difficult position. All efforts are being made to keep the focus on the memory of Terry Smith Jr., as they should be.
That being said, I agree wholeheartedly that the people of Menifee need and deserve a way to mourn together the loss of a little boy who brought an entire community together in a way none of us have seen before. Terry Smith Sr., who is travelling here today from West Virginia, has expressed his desire to mourn together with you and personally thank you for your love and concern for his son. What form that memorial takes and exactly who organizes it is undetermined at this time.
Even so, I assure you such a public memorial service will take place. When plans are finalized, Menifee 24/7 will announce them and all who wish to attend may do so. In the meantime, please do not show up at Revival Church Saturday if you were not personally invited. I urge you to be respectful in memory of Terry Smith Jr. and stay at home. Pray for him on your own if you wish. And as soon as we have information on the public service, we'll let you know.
On behalf of the staff at Menifee 24/7, I thank you for your understanding and for your love and concern at this difficult time.