FLINT — Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flint, along with Genesee County Clerk John Gleason, is in the process of gathering written condolences for the City of El Paso, Texas, following a mass shooting that struck the city earlier this month.
On the morning of Aug. 3, a lone gunman killed 22 people and injured 26 others at a Walmart store in El Paso. Authorities are investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism and believe that the shooter was targeting people of Hispanic and Latino descent.
In response to the tragedy, Gleason and Our Lady of Guadalupe have made registries available to anyone who would like to send condolences to honor victims of the shooting or write a message of kindness to the citizens of El Paso.
“We’re letting folks in El Paso know that we’re standing with them and that there’s some nice Catholic and Hispanic congregations up north that are praying for them,” Gleason said.
Our Lady of Guadalupe will have a condolence registry available for people to sign at its Mass services this Sunday. Condolence registries are also available this week at the Genesee County Clerk’s Office during open business hours.
Cristo Rey Parish Church in Lansing, as well as a Catholic church in Saginaw, are also participating in the condolence registry effort.
Gleason said that all condolence registries were designed by a professional calligrapher and donated by Martin Funeral Home in Mt. Morris. The condolence registries from all four locations will be mailed to a Hispanic Catholic church in El Paso next week.
The Genesee County Clerk’s Office is located inside the Genesee County Circuit Courthouse on 900 Saginaw Street in Flint. Our Lady of Guadalupe is located on 2316 W. Coldwater Road in Flint.