Peace rally held in downtown Lexington to show support for mass shooting victims and families

Posted at 7:08 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-11 07:43:46-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — People here in Kentucky are still heartbroken by the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

On Saturday afternoon, a rally took place in downtown Lexington aimed at spreading messages of love, tolerance and kindness.

Despite the turnout, organizers made sure their voices were heard.

“Since this has happened, God is my witness, I could not sleep right. I have been thinking about that child whose mom and dad is gone,” said Irshad Gilani.

Irshad and Stephanie Gilani organized the peace rally, hoping to show their support for the victims families on behalf of the Muslim Community.

“I think we need to all show America that we all stand and support each other. We are all united, we all need to feel the pain of everyone that is hurting,” said Gilani.

Mass shootings are plaguing the nation, and while there is a big debate on how to solve this country's problems, Gilani thinks his message can help avoid future killings.

“People are not talking to each other. People don't care about somebody who is not talking to each other. We need to know our neighbor,” said Gilani.