Victims of gun violence remembered with ribbons

Local churches come together to remember those who have lost their lives to gun violence.

Posted: Feb. 18, 2018 9:09 PM
Updated: Feb. 18, 2018 9:09 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-- A Lafayette woman lost her grandaughter to gun violence.

Names of loved ones spread across the line to send a message on gun violence.

After the number of mass shootings over the past year, Central Presbyterian church decided it was time.

"To show the magnitude of what is happening in our community and that we are concerned about it."

Lucia Oerter, pastor of Central Presbyterian church, understands this on a personal level.

"My granddaughter is out there after being killed by her father," Oerter said.

Director Rachel Mcloughlin says the shootings from concerts, churches and schools has opened her eyes.

"It's just been really sad, and I think the main thing is to just lift up the fact that we are suppose to be good neighbors and love each other."

Oerter was in an active shooter situation a year and a half ago.

She survived but wants to remember those who did not.

She remembers her granddaughter as a innocent little girl; someone who didn't deserve this kind of ending.

"And you start to imagine what happened to her and her last moments whatever and it's just sad." Oerter said.

The names live on in hopes to connect the community and to remember everyone's story.

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