A day after Penticton was rocked by a violent tragedy, the Concordia Lutheran Church is opening it’s doors to the community to remember the four people who were gunned down in broad daylight.
Monday morning, two men and two women, were fatally shot in Penticton. The alleged shooter is in police custody and charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder
John Brittain, 68, will appear in court next on May 8.
The Penticton Western News has learned that one or more of the victims may have allegedly been connected to the Penticton Concordia Lutheran Church and its congregation.
According to a member with the church, the vigil will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 16 at the church, located at 2800 South Main Street.
While the intent of the evening is to offer support and prayers to the congregation, those interested in attending to show support and receive prayers are welcome to join.
“We are opening our doors tonight, we have a personal connection to this shooting and we are opening our doors for the congregation, but certainly any member of the community that would want to come would be welcome to,” said the church staff, who did not wish to be identified.
The staff member said “the church isn’t quite sure what to expect tonight” but will have additional pastors and support staff on hand throughout the evening.
“It’s just going to be a place for people who want to gather. This is happening during Holy Week, which is a really big deal for us and the fact that we have this promise in Jesus that there’ll be a day coming that nothing like this is going to happen again,” said the staff member. “We’re just looking forward to that, so we want to gather to support our members.”
Media are being asked to not attend the event in order to respect the privacy of those grieving.
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