Father Joseph Walter of Saint Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Westfield may have said it best.
"Small towns like this, people are shaken in general, and understandably, this is hard," in asking the community for its prayers. "Our hearts ache for the family, our hearts ache for everyone who knew him, our hearts ache for our young people, but they ache not without hope."
Our area, Western New York and the rest of New York state's hearts ache for Damon Janes, the junior running back for the Westfield-Brocton football team who was injured on Friday night and later died Monday. This hits close to home - and the outpouring of support for the schools and community has been tremendous.
The prayers matter. For the family, for the school and the community.