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Salisbury Church Holds Prayer Vigil in Response to Recent Deadly Mass Shootings

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SALISBURY, Md. - The Asbury United Methodist Church offered a prayer vigil following the deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

People gathered at the church for the worship service Thursday night in the wake of the deadly shootings that left at least 31 people dead over the weekend.

"We are not faithful as members of the community if we don't provide space for these kinds of conversations to happen," Senior Pastor Tom Pasmore.

Though hundreds of miles away, Pas more said the event brought the national conversation to Salisbury and allowed people to have a safe place to heal.

"We felt strongly that with all that happened last weekend, it would be important for people to have a space to reflect, to grieve and to possibly heal from all that," Pasmore more said. "Even though these tragedies took place in other communities, that doesn't mean that it doesn't get felt here in Salisbury."

A sentiment other church goers echoed. 

"I hope for me personally since this is a worship service and a prayer vigil that I can get a better sense of calm because I think all of us have been so shaken," Frankie Shipper said. "As a community, I hope it raises awareness of not just our need to reflect on this, but to act."

The church offered ways people can take action on their own. 

"That action can be as simple as writing a card to a victim or someone who's been affected by gun violence or something different in terms of action somewhere else in a political realm," Pasmore said. 

Some of those actions the church handed out include things like speaking out against hate, being kind to others, and getting out to vote. 

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