Local church to hold prayer vigil for El Paso, Dayton shooting victims
The cities of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are still reeling from last weekend's mass shootings that left 31 dead — and they're not alone.
A prayer vigil will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church at 855 East 20th Avenue.
There, Alaskans will come together in unison to show their support for who died, were injured and those who simply need a prayer.
"We are one," said Senior Pastor Undra Parker. "Regardless of where you are, where we live, where we come from, we're one people, and we just want to stand together and present that before the people here in Anchorage and across the nation."
Pastor Parker feels strongly about doing something even as Anchorage sits thousands of miles away.
"We want to pray for those individuals," he said. "We need to ask God to intervene in these times and let's trust and believe. And again what man can't do, we have to believe God can do it. He's brought us this far and he hasn't left us."
Different religious denominations will be involved in the service including Latter Day Saints. A church from Wasilla will be represented too.
Elected officials have also been invited.
Parker said regardless of background, all are welcome.
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