Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence Saturday at St. Mark’s

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St. Mark's Episcopal Church (301 A St. NE). File Photo

The Gun Violence Prevention Committee at St. Mark’s Capitol Hill invites you to join a vigil for the victims of the mass shootings in Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX.

The event will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s (301 A St. SE).

On May 14, ten Black people were killed and three other people injured in a mass shooting at a Tops Market store, a supermarket in the East Side neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. Prosecutors allege 18-year-old Payton Gendron, who is charged with the crime and pleaded not guilty, was motivated by racial hatred.

Ten days later, on May 24, 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers, wounding 17 other people at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. He was shot on scene. Before heading for the school, Ramos shot his grandmother in the forehead at the home they shared, severely wounding her.

Eight days later, on June 1, a man took a rifle and a handgun into Natalie Medical Building, part of the St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. He killed four people and injured many others before apparently turning the gun on himself.

The vigil will remember all who have lost their lives to gun violence. If you wish to honor someone who has died, you will have an opportunity to say their name and hold up a picture during the vigil.

Please note that masks are mandatory inside the building.

For further information, please email [email protected] or call 202-849-2252.