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Candlelight Vigil For Boy Held Hostage In Alabama Bunker

Members of the community came together as the Alabama Bunker Hostage Crisis enters its third day.

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Residents of Midland City, Alabama gathered on Thursday night to pray for the release of a 5-year-old boy being held hostage underground by a man accused of murdering a school bus driver.

The candlelight vigil also honored the memory of Charles Poland, the 66-year-old school bus driver who was shot dead after he refused to hand over a bus of 21 children.

Over 100 people gathered at Midland City Hall. Police are still negotiating with hostage-taker Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, as he holds the child captive in his underground bunker.

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