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Temecula Valley Christians united once again on Good Friday, 2014 to walk for the love of their savior. And not even a bomb scare could stop them.
Approximately 2,500 attended the walk, many carrying crosses of their own making for the 2 mile hike.
In the annual event, organized by Campus Crusade for Christ, continues to be a local favorite, however due to the Temecula Valley Unified School District spring break schedule, many students did not have the day off school — but that was not a deterrent for the faithful.
The City of Temecula closed lanes, allowing the procession to advance unimpeded along Overland, Jefferson, and into Old Town Front Street, however a suspicious bag left at Sam Hicks Park slowed their progress while police and fire departments searched the premesis.
While riding his bike down Jefferson, Temecula resident John Childs spoke of seeing the group, waiting. “Apparently two people argued, and one left a large bag that had everyone thinking was a suspicious device.” Childs said.
Sheriff’s public information officer, Deputy Armando Munoz, reported that upon investigation was just twigs wrapped in paper, more than likely thrown away by a transient in the area.
The park was reopened just after noon, allowing all to meet, worship, and enjoy each other’s company in this long-standing Temecula tradition. “It was great to see everyone down there, spending time together and reflecting on the day,” Childs said.