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Raleigh reverend: 'We have to take action to stop the violence' after Vegas shooting

Posted October 4
Updated October 5

— Faith had no boundaries at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on Wednesday night as Christians, Muslims, members of the Jewish faith and others all joined together to grieve and remember the Las Vegas shooting victims.

“I think tonight, which is actually the beginning of the Jewish Fall Festival of Sukkot, where we remember the Israelites wandering in the desert, I feel like we’re all wandering we all feel that we’re lost, ” said Rabbi Lucy Dinner.

Each day since the shooting, memorials have been put up to remember the 58 people killed when a gunman opened fire at a country music festival.

At Wednesday night’s candlelight prayer vigil, everyone was called to move from a place of prayer and lament to a place of action.

“We have to take action to stop the violence, particularly the gun violence in our country. It’s killing our soul,” said Rev. Nancy Petty.

As the name of each victim was read and candles lit, the hope was that the light would help illuminate the darkness and despair so many have been feeling.

“It means a lot to be here tonight because I just said today that humanity must learn humility in order to have harmony and we can’t do that without each other,” said Raleigh resident Priscilla Hawkins.

At the end of the vigil, 58 white roses were given to 58 people in the sanctuary, symbolizing those killed in the shooting.


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  • Jeffrey Derry Oct 5, 10:24 a.m.
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  • Henry Davis Oct 5, 5:40 a.m.
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    How can you you stop something you do not know exist until it happens. Think before you speak.