Vigil held for Kalamazoo shooting victims

The community is mourning after eight people were shot --six fatally -- in the Kalamazoo area Saturday night

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A vigil for the victims of the Kalamazoo shootings on Sunday at Centerpoint Church in Oshtemo Township, (Feb, 21, 2016)

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A large crowd came together Sunday night to honor the victims who were shot and killed in a series of shootings in the Kalamazoo area Saturday.

The crowd prayed at Centerpoint Church on 10th Street in Oshtemo Township, just west of Kalamazoo.

Members of the community sang songs and prayed in small circles, hoping to find strength after the community was left with so many questions.

24 Hour News 8 was told the family of Tyler Smith was in attendance.

Additional events are being held on Monday for the community to remember the victims and mourn their loss.

There will be a mass at 12:10 p.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo.

Another community vigil will be held on Monday at 6 p.m. at First Congregational Church in downtown Kalamazoo. The vigil will include an interfaith service as well as time after the service for people to discuss gun violence prevention.

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