Vigil planned Tuesday in Portland for victims of El Paso and Dayton shootings

Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland is holding a vigil on Aug. 6, 2019 to mourn the victims of the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. KATU photo

A vigil is planned Tuesday evening at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland to mourn the lives lost in two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

Within 24 hours, 29 people were killed.

Sunday, both communities held vigils to remember the people killed.

The vigil in Portland will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland.

"We’re not going to be silent. We’re not going to say this is the way it should be," said Rev. Dr. Mark Knutson.

Knutson said there was a high attendance at Sunday church services. He said people were trying to make sense of the deadly shootings.

"It’s not about division and hatred and violence, but a word about love and compassion, justice and peace and welcoming every human being," he said.

After the 6 p.m. service, 31 church bells rang. Knutson said 20 were for the people killed in El Paso, nine for the victims in the Dayton shooting and one for the gunman. An additional bell was for Deante Strickland, a 22-year-old who was shot and killed in Northeast Portland Friday afternoon.

The vigil is also being organized to bring attention to gun violence. Faith leaders are working to ban the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines in Oregon.

Knutson said people in Portland need to have the chance to come together in the wake of both shootings.

"(If) you stay alone it just tears at you, but if you come together with other people you may have never met before you’re coming for a different reason--you’re coming because you know we can do better than this," Knutson told KATU News.

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