Prayer vigil held for missing UA student on Thursday night

ONEONTA, Ala. (WIAT) — The past 24 hours have been trying for the friends and family of University of Alabama junior Allysa Huffstutler.

Huffstutler has been missing since the raft she and some of her friends were using toppled over on the Warrior River.

Her friends made it back to shore.

Huffstutler hasn’t been seen since.

On Thursday evening, friends and teachers came together in Oneonta in prayer to offer petitions to God for her safety.

The hopes and prayers that are on the mind and hearts of Huffstutler’s friends are that she will eventually be found safely.

“The Lord does hear those prayers,” Emily Towns, a friend of Huffstutler, said on Thursday. “He hears them, and I just pray the he knows how much we love her and how much of an impact she had on everyone here.”

But people attending the prayer vigil didn’t only experience hopeful emotions.

They also struggle with fear of the unknown, fear of what some believe may be true and the fear of what Allysa might be going through.

“What’s going on in her head right now? She wants comfort, and I’m not there to give it to her,” another fried, Shelby Register, stated. “That’s what gets me the most.”

Allysa’s former band director, David Bearden, says the community will be there for each other.

“We are hoping for the best, but regardless of what happens, the community will pull together,” said Bearden.

For now, all they can do is hope, pray and wait.

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