Candlelight Vigil Held for Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Ryan Juntti
October 05, 2017 12:08 AM

DULUTH - A candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night at Duluth's Peace United Church of Christ to remember the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Bells were rang and candles lit for each of the victims that were killed in the mass shooting on Sunday night.    

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"As a mother, an auntie, a sister, my heart breaks once again for all the deaths and all the grieving going on. We grieve and we say our prayers and it's not enough," said Gudrun Witrak, a Duluth community member. 

Witrak has a daughter that was in college with one of the victims that was killed. She was one of the people also there to call for a change in gun regulations.

"I think it's very important to come together when something like this happens to support each other, to let each other know that we're not alone, and to also maybe change what's happening," said Mary Streufert, Brady Northland Chapter Protect Minnesota Co-President.     

David Blomberg, a Duluth community member says he believes that guns, and not people kill people, and says those that say otherwise, "might as well say Opioids don't kill people, people using Opioids kill people."

Streufert encourages people to talk to their local representatives for there to be changes in gun laws.

"If it stops one person from killing another person, and that person is somebody you love, that's very important," said Streufert.

She says there is a ruling that doesn't allow for the collection of gun violence data, and she wants that to change to be able to find out what's causing gun violence. 

The church hosts vigils every year to remember the victims from the Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech shootings.


Ryan Juntti

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