Three mass shootings in a week. Fresno residents hold candlelight vigil for victims


The shootings have inspired communities from all over to come together.

People in Fresno held a candlelight vigil to honor the lives lost in the shootings in Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy.

Those we spoke with tell us they are tired of all the shootings. They say Sunday night’s vigil was not only for the lives lost but to raise awareness, that something needs to change.

Many gathered at the corner of Blackstone and Shaw Avenues in Fresno, in memory of those killed in the three mass shootings this week.

“It is heartbreaking and my condolences definitely go out to all the families that were affected,” says Maria Else, who attended the vigil.

It’s been one week since the Gilroy shooting, where two children and a man were gunned down after a day celebrating at the Garlic Festival.

Now with the shootings in El Paso and Dayton, it marks 22 mass shootings in eight months. 

Else and her family are pleading for a change, holding signs, reading no justice no peace.

“It’s affecting us as Americans, it’s affecting us as a society,” she says. “None of this stuff happened in Fresno, but yet we have people here in Fresno, I’m sure across the nation that are coming together saying the same thing, we need to do something.”

Two of the past week’s shootings are reported to be racially fueled.

Local activist Reza Nekumanesh says as tragic as the mass shootings are, he feels they are unfortunately becoming the norm.

“If we don’t do something the roots of hatred, if we don’t do something about the roots of terror, if we don’t do something about the roots of white supremacy then what are we going to do than bare the fruits that it produces,” he expressed. 

Nekumanesh calling on law makers to step up and made a change, “Our world has lost many innocent souls.”

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