PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Shock, disbelief and depression have overcome Catholics in this small city, which is home to 19 elite young firefighters killed this week while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.
“God allows bad things to happen to good people, and I don’t think anyone knows the true answer as to why,” said Father Darrin Merlino, parochial administrator of Sacred Heart parish in Prescott, Ariz. “I don’t know that there is anything I can say to comfort people. This has been the worst two weeks of my priesthood.”
Nineteen of the 20 members of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighting unit died on the night of June 30, after the Yarnell fire engulfed them.
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