All Saints Church to host vigil for Florida shooting victims


NORTH ADAMS — A vigil to honor the victims of a mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., last weekend will be held on the steps of All Saints Church in North Adams on Friday evening.

The night of prayer and remembrance, which begins at 7 p.m., was announced Thursday by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition and Mayor Richard Alcombright.

The event will be led by the Rev. Mary Frances Curns of All Saints and Pastor Dave Anderson of the First Baptist Church of North Adams, who will speak about the incident and lead the crowd in reflection, prayer and song.

Church bells will toll as the names of those who died in the shooting are read aloud.

Vigils have been held across the country in the wake of Sunday's massacre, in which a gunman cut down 49 people in a gay nightclub before being killed in a shootout with police. It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Hundreds of people turned out Tuesday night for a vigil in Park Square in Pittsfield, which also was attended by Alcombright.

In a June 13 post to his Facebook page, Alcombright described the events as "horrific" and asked those in the Northern Berkshire community to pray for those who were impacted by the attack.

"In that attack, 103 people, their families, their friends and their community suffered unimaginable loss to this unconscionable act of terror and hate," Alcombright wrote. "Not only was this an attack on all Americans, but shamefully and without cause, specifically targeted the LGBT community."

All Saints is located at 59 Summer St. in North Adams, adjacent to the U.S. Post Office building.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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