Local vigil hosted for shooting victims


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Dozens of locals honor the victims of last weekend’s mass shootings.

The group Moms Demand Action put together a vigil on Wednesday night at Wilson Park in Fayetteville.

It was meant to pay respects to the victims but also give people a chance to come together.

“I think it’s important for people to have a place to come and gather; a place for us to come together and to think about what our next steps are going to be while also honoring all of the victims of gun violence,” Johanna Thomas, Fayetteville group leader of Moms Demand Action says.

Thomas didn’t mention a specific plan of action yet, but she hopes to continue the conversation.

Another vigil was hosted by the same group Thursday night at All Saints Episcopal Church in Bentonville.

“We’re kind of all in this together. You know, it might not be our particular section of the country that’s hit today, but it could be tomorrow, and just a general sense of community is important in making people feel connected and loved and safe with one another,” Group Leader Kaci Churchill said.

Hill said the group is asking state lawmakers to pass comprehensive background checks and to close loopholes in private firearm sales.

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