Minneapolis Vigil Honors Victims of Vegas Mass Shooting

October 04, 2017 11:06 PM

Hundreds gathered at the Plymouth Congregation Church in Minneapolis Wednesday to remember those killed and injured in Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Dozens of community groups helped organzine the service, including Protect MN, a local group focused on combating gun violence.


Sam Rahamim, who was affected by workplace violence five years ago at his family's business, Accent Signage, took part in the service.  He survived a gunman's rampage, but his father didn't.

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"I have had to develop coping skills," he told hundreds of people in the sanctuary. 

During the vigil, one candle was lit every minute until 59 were burning in memory of those killed at Sunday night's concernt. One of the victims included 44-year-old Steve Berger, of Shoreview.

"This is a time of healing, prayer and solidarity among people," Asma Mohammed, with the Jewish Women of Minnesota, said.

Those in attendance promised to work together to develop an action plan to present to Minnesota lawmakers when the legislature reconvenes in January. 

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The group's priorities include preventing easy access to silencers and strengthening background check for people purchasing guns.  

The Minnesota Department of Health keeps track of gun related deaths, whether by suicide, homicide or other crimes. The MDH reports that two people are shot daily in the state, usually resulting in one death.



Beth McDonough

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