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In light of recent tragedy in Highlands Ranch, a small group of people is meeting regularly to walk around neighborhoods and pray.“We thought this community could use God’s joy and comfort,” said David Dyrud, a Highlands Ranch resident.Dyrud and his wife, Tracy, along with two other couples, met at Northridge Elementary School on a recent Sunday afternoon. They stood in a circle and and prayed before splitting off into groups and walking around nearby neighborhoods in the area behind Northridge Recreation Center.They chose that region because of the recent death of a child who attended the elementary school. Emma Benavides, 10, and her mother were found dead in the basement of a Highlands Ranch home in mid-February.The tragedy came two months after a Highlands Ranch mother and her two young sons were found dead in a minivan in Lone Tree.In both cases, the Douglas County Coroner ruled the mothers’ deaths as suicides and the childrens’ as homicides.The prayer group, named Pray 4 Colorado, meets on the second Sunday of every month. Participants’ hope is to bring healing and restoration to a community that has experienced loss.“It’s about the well-being of the community,” Trish Johnson said. “It’s been a hard winter for people.”Though the group is based on prayer, it is open to anyone. Tracy Dyrud posts the location and time on a Facebook page for residents called Word of Mouth Highlands Ranch.Chris Wynn, who attended the Sunday walk with his wife, Kara, said the meet-up goes far beyond the small group of people.“We profoundly believe that God intervenes,” Wynn said. “We genuinely believe we are bringing good through him.”
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