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Minneapolis peace vigil honors victims in Colorado

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Standing in front of the home where Minneapolis' 16th murder victim died last weekend, peace activists are trying to understand how someone could take nearly that many lives in one night.

"We grieve for our young sister Ellie...but we also come together as a nation and grieve for the 12 lives that was taken in Colorado," says Pastor Harding Smith.

Smith planned the vigil prior to the shooting in Colorado but quickly changed part of his focus and prayed for families grieving several states away.

"The last person I suspected was a medical student," Pastor Smith said. "Just goes to show a murderer can come in shapes, colors, sizes and creed."

Pastor fears copy cats and more mass murders could happen in the future.

"If a person can go online and purchase 6,000 rounds of ammunition something is wrong with society," he said.

And it's not just a Colorado problem. Many who attended the vigil are thankful Minneapolis Police got five guns off the streets on the north side just today.

Governor Mark Dayton ordered flags to half staff on state property and many businesses are following their lead as a way to honor those who died in the movie massacre.

Pastor Smith says he doesn't have to know the victims of this or any other crime….to pray for them.

"We are very saddened and come together to say we hear your cry, we feel your pain...what can we do to help?"

Thousand gathered for a vigil in Aurora, Colorado Sunday evening. Local elected officials, clergy, survivors and people within the community came together to grieve for those who lost their lives during the movie theater massacre Friday morning.

Before the vigil President Obama met with survivors at local hospitals and family members who lost loved ones.

"I come to them not so much as president but as father and husband," said President Obama. "The reason we can all understand we can all understand what it would be to have someone taken from us in this fashion."

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