BRIGHTON, N.Y. — This video inside a dorm on the Monroe Community Campus campus last Friday has gone viral, racking up more than three million views.
Leonardo Calvino says he and a friend rushed to help a woman crying for help. He later recorded some of what then took place when a powerful prayer that helped calm a suicidal student.
"You usually don't see kids in this generation coming out for the right reason to pray,” Calvino said. “You really don't get that a lot. We begin to pray for her we all gathered around her like a wall."
MCC freshman Brooke West says everything was collapsing around her.
"I just started yelling, I want to die, I want to die and the next thing I know all these people are coming out of their dorms and like sitting around me, saying it's gonna be ok, it's gonna be ok," she said.
"It's weird how at one moment I just felt like I had nothing to live for and then after that prayer, I felt like I had everything to live for."
"It doesn't matter if the person is religious or not, but just for the person to know that somebody random could be looking out for them, concerned for them, for their well- being,” Hallback said.
Brighton police took the initial call for help and officers were prepared to take Brooke to the hospital for treatment. But when they arrived, they saw the circle of prayer.
Brighton's police chief says it was an unusual scene.
Chief Mark Henderson said once the prayer ended, the officer did a follow up to evaluate and provide the need for care.
Brooke says the experience has changed her and she's getting the help she needs and encourages others to do the same.
"I thought I was alone and I made so many good friends and I made two best friends, so you're never alone," she said.
A video that has gained national attention has also sparked conversations about the need to support one another in times of crisis.