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Central Coast churchgoers pray and mourn for victims of the weekend mass shootings

Posted: 6:15 PM, Aug 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-04 21:27:27-04
An El Paso mother shopping for school supplies was killed shielding her baby from gunfire

After the mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend, many at church Sunday took part in special prayers in honor of those who lost their lives and were injured.

"We want to connect our hearts to those that are grieving... that have gone through this grievous disaster... hideous disaster," said Lead Pastor Thom O'Leary of Mountainbrook Church.

Pastor O'Leary and service attendees set aside some time Sunday morning to provide a space to process, talk and pray about what happened.

"Even when something happens halfway across the country we are still grieved over those incidents and still want to make a difference," said O'Leary.

Others also standing by the power of prayer in these situations.

"I think it helps the loved ones of the victims," said attendee Nicholas Finn.

These mass shootings occurred within 24 hours of each other and claimed at least 29 lives and injured dozens more.