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Local prayers for the victims of Las Vegas shooting

October 03, 2017 11:36 PM

COLONIE - Their song is a message of hope.

Community members in Colonie gathered to pray for every hurting heart in Las Vegas and around the nation. 

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"We just want peace love and happiness," one Albany resident said. 

These are the faces of some of those being prayed for. 

"I don't know anybody but I'm there for them and that's all that matters," Helen Kernahan said.

A veteran surviving four tours, a soon-to-be grandmother, husbands protecting their wives and mothers protecting their children, all dead.

Parishioner Joe Johnson said, "I couldn't be there to help people heal wounds, I'm not a doctor and I work with kids, my heart always goes with the kids, so I got to pray."

Johnson lost both his parents in the past two years and he says prayer got him through tough times. 

He hopes healing is on the way for others, including those who have sinned, too.

"I wasn't the best person but Christ died for my sins so because of that, how can I not forgive, it's not easy of course," Johnson added.

The latest massacre renews a conversation that has become far too frequent and all too familiar.

"People start talking about gun control and we take guns off the street all the time but you know what it's more about being her brothers keeper because somebody knew how many guns this man had, somebody knew his state of mind and somebody could probably have prevented that," Pastor Charlie Muller said.

And as the flames of 59 candles are extinguished, the light of the lives they represent remain eternal in the memory and prayers of those who survived. 

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Karen Tararache

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