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.

Posted on

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.

Ellie Hall is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 6055 A264 DADD AADC 347E 5986 547C C11C DD7D 176A.

Contact Ellie Hall at ellie.hall@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.