PLUM BOROUGH (KDKA) – A community gathered Sunday morning to grieve the loss of a mother and her two daughters, who died in a flash flood in Pittsburgh Friday night.
Nearly 48 hours after the tragic event, the community is still wondering why bad things happen to good people.
Kimberly Griffith, 46, along with 12-year-old Brenna and 8-year-old Mikaela were trapped in their vehicle as the waters rapidly rose on Washington Boulevard.
“I think in the face of the rising water, there was undoubtedly terror. But in the same way that there was terror and it’s an awful circumstance that grieves us beyond words. Even in the face of that, I am comforted that they were together,” Rev. Kevin Labby said.
On Sunday, members of the community gathered to grieve at the Murrysville Community Church. Those in attendance were looking for ways to cope with the loss of three lives that were taken too soon.
“As I looked around the congregation this morning, there were certainly tears. People were weeping openly. I was touched. You could see hands from other pews reaching forward to grab the shoulder, or someone’s head who was trembling to comfort them and offer love. I thought at the end of the services, people were fellowshipping. The topics of their conversations turned not so much to the events of Friday, but to the hope that they have of one day seeing Kim, Mikaela and Brenna again,” Rev. Labby said.
The family was very active in the church. Kimberly went on a mission to Belize a couple of years ago. She also worked as a school nurse in the Penn Hills School District.
Memorial service will be held at the Murrysville Community Church later this week.