Area Catholics gather to remember the victims of the Las Vegas massacre

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Toledo may be thousands of miles away, but the heartache from the Las Vegas massacre is being felt in Northwest Ohio.

"It's a real shame," said Paul Strzelczyk. "A lot of people lost their lives."

Whether kneeling in silence, lighting a candle or praying together, dozens of people filled Toledo's Holy Rosary Cathedral Saturday.

They joined together in solidarity to remember the 59 people killed in what's being called the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

"It was obviously a very horrific occasion and occurrence, and I think it's appropriate to pay homage to the people who did lose their lives," said Jim Ragan of Toledo.

The bishop of Toledo's diocese called on area Catholics to join together for the moment of reflection.

"I think it's an awful tragedy for both the victims and the families," said Lonna Strzelczyk.

Those who attended the vigil say violence like that in the Las Vegas shooting has to stop.

"I think something needs to happen in this country," continued Lonna Strzelczyk. "We need some love."

"Hopefully this country can get turned around and get back to our morals," added Paul Strzelczyk.

By coming together, the area faithful hope their sign of compassion helps heal those affected by the Vegas tragedy both near and far.

"They will be in my prayers tonight—most definitely—as they have been since it happened," said Lonna Strzelczyk.