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Vigils throughout East Lansing honor MSU shooting victims

Services at several area churches offered support for members of the MSU community following the shooting that left three dead and five others injured.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The church gives people a chance to find comfort in times of tragedy.

"Everyone that I've talked to, all the faith professionals, all the administration professionals, are all dedicated to doing whatever we can to take care of the people that have been impacted by this," Martin Luther Chapel Lead Pastor Curt Dwyer said.

The chapel held a vigil Tuesday evening. Dwyer says this time is about support.

"Help them process what they've been through... nobody has that [perfect] word, so we offer a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, and I'll offer a prayer when they're ready," Dwyer said.

Later in the night down Abbot road, Eastminster Presbyterian Church held another vigil.

Michiganders like Dan Beazley attended to offer support.

He travels the country with a cedar cross to shine a light on tragedy.

Beazley appeared in Uvalde, Texas following the mass shooting at an elementary school, and in Buffalo, New York following the near-death experience of Bills player Damar Hamlin. Beazley says this time is no different.

"This cross represents the light of the world," the Northville resident said. "We're here to bring that light, and bring a sense of hope and comfort back to the city of East Lansing."

He says the way to helping people now is to show your emotions.

"To come out to the memorial sites that will be there, and don't be afraid," Beazley said. "Shed your tears. Get your arms around each other and love on each other."

There will be another vigil Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Rock on MSU's campus. Following the shooting, the rock has been spray painted with the question “How Many More?”.


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