Community holds prayer service for Minnehaha Academy

People of all ages gathered in the Minnehaha Academy Lower and Middle School chapel to pray for the victims of the morning's explosion. http://kare11.tv/2u6dgLg

MINNEAPOLIS - Less than 10 hours after an explosion and collapse happened at Minnehaha Academy's Upper School, it was standing room only inside the academy's chapel on its south campus.

Wednesday night, people of all ages gathered in the Minnehaha Academy Lower and Middle School chapel to pray for the victims of the morning's explosion.

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"We come here tonight to encourage one another and support one another," said Matthew Kennedy, lead pastor at Bethlehem Covenant Church. "But more importantly, we come here to seek the comfort of God."

Minnehaha Academy President Donna Harris survived the explosion.

"We're going to get through it," she told the crowd. "We trust God. He is a mighty, mighty, mighty God and he's going to do phenomenal work through you, through those called to serve."

Here, the private Christian school's tight-knit community, along with many others, have come together.

"Tonight is an example of the kind of caring community that you are," Harris said. "We know that God is in control."

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Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night, authorities announced that they pulled a second body from the rubble, saying it was the last missing man. The school had identified that missing man earlier as 81-year-old custodian John Carlson. 

Ruth Berg, a longtime receptionist at the school, was reported dead after the explosion. And Assistant Boys Soccer Coach Bryan Duffey was in critical condition.

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