136 students, 18 teachers, 2 terrorists and 1 bomb. Do you need a miracle? See the Cokeville Miracle In theaters June 5.
On May 16, 1986, David Young walked with his wife, Doris, into a small elementary school armed with guns and a bomb. They took hostage 136 students alongside 18 adults. After a two-and-half hour standoff, the bomb detonated.
The only casualties were David and his wife. While 76 others suffered severe injuries, the bomb killed no one else. Many attribute this miracle to the aid of heavenly angels who led them to protection.
Katie Walker Payne was 7 years old at the time of the bombing. As she was coloring in the classroom during the standoff, she remembers looking up to see a person dressed in all white. This person told Katie that she loved her and that she needed to listen to another boy named Travis.
"I didn't know who she was, but I knew she loved me," she said. "I didn't know what was going to happen, but I knew that I was loved. It was comforting to know that."