Vigil held in Reno to honor victims in Dayton and El Paso shootings

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - Dozens of people of all beliefs filled the steps of the federal courthouse in downtown Reno on Monday. They were there to honor the 22 people killed on August 3rd in El Paso and the 10 people killed the next day in Dayton.

“Wherever the violence happens we are all connected,” said Father Chuck Durante of St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral. “We are one people, one country. We forget that because there is such division. In moments like this we come together and can have open and honest dialogue without shouting matches or name calling.”

Durante helped organize the interfaith event on August 12, 2019, which featured local leaders from a number of different religions.

“We want to show our support to the families that are suffering,” said Rajan Zed, President of the Universal Society of Hinduism. “We are sending a message that all the religious leaders are together, we are different on many issues but on this issue we are together.”

Rajan Zed of the Universal Society of Hinduism also helped organize the vigil, and he made a point to include those who are not religious.

Anthony Shafton is a well-known local writer, and an atheist. He says regardless of what we do or do not believe, coming together in times like this is critical.

"That’s part of our collective consciousness,” said Shafton. “I’m not religious myself, but I have a lot in common with people who are. I respect their prayers and believe they might do good."

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