ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Vigils are being held all across the country to honor the lives lost in last week's mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, including here in Anchorage.
Community members gathered for prayer Saturday afternoon at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in a show of community solidarity, echoing similar vigils across the country.
Balloons were also released in memory of each of the victims as their names were called out.
The vigil was open to the public. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church's Senior Pastor Undra Parker says events like this have a simple but powerful purpose.
"I hope out of this that people will come together more, love each other more, help each other out the best they can when they can, and not always assume that it's going to be somebody else's responsibility. We all can come together and be one in the community and help each other as well."
The two mass shootings last weekend in Texas and Ohio left 31 people dead - nine in Dayton and 22 in El Paso.
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