Close to a hundred Dodge City community members lined along Ross Boulevard Monday for the You Are Loved rally.

The rally was a response to the recent number of suicides among teenagers that have taken place in Dodge City.

The event was organized by Lorenzo Gallegos, who posted on his Facebook page on April 11, "Who is down to line Ross Blvd on Monday April 16 at 2:45-3:45 with signs of encouragement, showing love, and scripture."

The response led to 106 shares of the post of community support.

"Our youth need to know they are not alone, there are a lot of people who care for them and love them. They need to see it, they need to see the love of God. They need to know that no matter what their problems are or how big they think they are, that they are nothing compared to our GOD, and his grace and love," said Gallegos in a statement to Western Kansas News.

As school let out at 3 p.m., students and teachers were welcomed with rows of community members holding and waving signs of support.

One student during her drive home was brought to tears while many others honked their horns in support and as a way to say thank you.

Those holding signs also yelled out words of encouragement to every car that came by.

Signs were made at several churches over the weekend in the lead up to the rally.

Students as school let out, pulled into the Church of the Nazarene to also join in.

Anyone who wanted to participate met with Gallegos to get a sign and joined others that had lined the street along with assistance from the Dodge City Police Department, Ford County Fire and EMS and Dodge City Fire.

"We had a good turnout of high school kids helping us make the signs," Gallegos said. "It was a healing environment for them, it was pretty nice to see, that's why we needed to do this."

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