Bishop urges ‘common task of healing’ after Sacramento shooting

CNA Staff   By CNA Staff


Police markers are placed in the street on the corner of 10th and L street at the scene of a shooting that occurred in the early morning hours on April 3, 2022 in Sacramento, California. / David Odisho/Getty Images

Sacramento, Calif., Apr 4, 2022 / 15:13 pm (CNA).

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento encouraged city residents to engage in the work of communal healing and helping after a shooting left six dead on Sunday.

Multiple people opened fire in downtown Sacramento around 2 a.m. April 3. Six died in the shooting, and at least 12 more were wounded.

“The suffering inflicted will continue to reverberate among all of us. As senseless as these bloody acts are, let us soberly resist becoming numb to the pain we now share in common,” Bishop Soto said.

“Remember to invest the necessary moral capital that comes from being good neighbors towards one another. As neighbors we ache for the tragedy that has exploded on our streets. As neighbors we must share in the common task of healing and helping. Only then can we restore hope and peace in our communities. This must be our unrelenting response whenever violence wreaks its havoc among us,” he added.

The bishop said that “as we approach the sacred days of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, prayer, fasting, and charitable works are the tools that Jesus gives to us so that we can cultivate our in communities a Springtime of mercy and harmony.”

Those killed in the shooting are Sergio Harris, DeVazia Turner, Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, Johntaya Alexander, Melinda Davis, and Yamile Martinez-Andrade.

Dandrae Martin was arrested April 4 in relation to the shooting, charged with assault with a deadly weapon and with possession of a firearm as a felon.

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