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Aztec police chief offers advice on healing after school shooting

Mike Heal: 'This is the most horrific thing that they'll ever have to deal with'

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Aztec Police Chief Mike Heal attends a press conference on Dec. 8 at the San Juan County Sheriff's Office in Aztec after a shooting at Aztec High School.
  • Police chief Mike Heal offers advice to people in Benton, Ky., following a high school shooting.
  • Heal's comments can be viewed on the city's YouTube channel.
  • Heal says no community is immune from horrible incidents like school shootings.

FARMINGTON — While Aztec residents still getting over a shooting at Aztec High School in December, the Aztec police chief has some advice for another community that is also recovering from a school shooting.

Two students were killed and more than a dozen others were injured during a shooting Tuesday at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky. That shooting came one day after a school shooting injured a student in Texas.

Police Chief Mike Heal offered advice and support during the Aztec City Commission meeting Tuesday. Heal's comments can be viewed on the meeting video available on the city's YouTube channel.

"This is the most horrific thing that they'll ever have to deal with," Heal said. "Our sympathies, thoughts, prayers, love and support go out to the entire community, the families of all the victims, all the kids there, the parents, the family members, the first responders. All are hurting, confused, sad and mad. All need a big hug and to be told that they are loved. All will need healing to start tonight." 

Heal said students who experience shootings are terrified.

"You need to reach out to them, come together in love and support," Heal said. "Don't let that evil person win. We need to support each other for days, weeks, months and years to come. Take each day a minute at a time, then an hour and then by the day. Don't play the blame game or what if game. Just learn to move forward step by step."

Heal said no community is immune from horrible incidents like school shootings.

"Just know there is love and support all over the world right now for you and your community," Heal said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.