Our hearts are heavy with sadness in the wake of the horrific shooting that claimed the lives of at least three innocent victims and injured several others at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday. I am grateful for the first responders and individual citizens whose quick thinking and professional actions saved countless lives.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, survivors and their families in this time of sorrow. May God, the source of our faith and strength, grant comfort and hope to all those affected by acts of violence. May grief give way to healing and grace, as we work together to protect the innocent and prevent future massacres, so that peace may prevail in our hearts and communities.

A bilingual prayer vigil for victims, survivors and first responders will take place this evening, July 29th at 7:00pm, at St. Mary’s Parish, 11 First Street in Gilroy.  All are welcome.