A local church opened its doors Monday night for a candlelight vigil to remember those who lost their lives in recent mass shootings.
The evening started with singing and remembering those who were killed over the weekend.
Jack Logan, founder of Put Down the Guns Now Young People, and No Limit Holy Temple came together to pray for the victims’ families.
People held candles and said silent prayers while the victims names were read. Each flame lit to remember a life.
Michelle Simmons was among those who attended the vigil.
“It could have been here, it could have happened here. I would want people to remember my family members,” Simmons said.
Like many of the other mourners, Simmons did not know the victims in Texas or Ohio, concern for the fellow man brought her out to pray for them.
Huey Shellman is an elder at No Limit Holy Temple and says getting involved in the community and in young peoples lives matters.
“As a community and church we just need to get together and do what they used to do in the old time, the community raised these children and we got outside of that,” Shellman said.
Connecting with community is Jack Logan’s passion and even after the candles are blown out, the desire in his heart remains to make a difference in the lives of those affected by gun violence.
“Some of those people are my sisters and brothers in Christ and we are suppose to love on them,” Logan said.
Monday’s vigil in Greenville was one of many held across the country. There have been more than 250 mass shootings in the U.S. this year, according to Gun Violence Archive.