From across the Quiet Corner and even further, dozens headed to a Vigil Against Violence at the Westfield Congregational Church in Killingly on Monday.
“It’s just devastating to every community. We all need to be in this together,” said Roberta Sharpe of Thompson.
“It feels to me like our country has gone numb and dumb with the gun violence,” said Beth Anne Doan of Whitinsville, Massachusetts.
Reverend Jonathan Chapman said the nearly back-to-back tragedies this weekend devastated members of his congregation.
“There was lots of weeping and tears and heartbreak. People are broken over this,” Chapman said.
On Monday Chapman brought people together to remember the victims of El Paso and Dayton.
They offered messages of hope and prayed for change.
“It’s important here to bear witness to the fact that we believe there is another way. That this sort of killing or this death isn’t something we have to stand idly by and accept. We can advocate for a better way to live together,” said Chapman.
Many at the vigil agree.
They believe stopping these horrific events could take more than just faith; it’s time to get to work.
“I think it’s important we take our feet to the streets and take our hearts to prayer and our mind to the voting booth and get active,” said Beth Anne Doan.