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Faithful Pay Tribute to Victims of Brazil Cathedral Shooting

CAMPINAS, Brazil – About 800 people gathered on Wednesday to pay tribute to those killed and wounded in a shooting at the Catholic Cathedral of this city of 1 million residents in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.

The shooter opened fire inside the cathedral at the conclusion of a mid-day service on Tuesday and then killed himself when police arrived.

Five people – including the attacker – were pronounced dead at the scene and an 84-year-old woman wounded in the shooting died Wednesday at a hospital.

The first Mass on Wednesday at the cathedral in Campinas started promptly at 12:15 pm, the same time at which the previous day’s Mass had begun, after which Euler Fernando Grandolpho, 49, fired at least 20 shots.

During Wednesday’s service, the Rev. Rafael Capelato directed a few words to the families of the victims, saying that “everyone is suffering at this time.”

“We are leaning on prayers and solidarity, I know you cry, we are crying too,” the priest said.

The shooting shocked the residents of Campinas, located 100 km (60 mi.) from Sao Paulo city.

The cathedral is located in the middle of a plaza in downtown Campinas between the city’s main commercial streets.

“Those were minutes of total panic. The plaza was very crowded because it was lunchtime and many people had gone shopping for Christmas. We started to lower the doors (to the restaurant), the customers left the food, the money and the bags on the floor and tried to hide behind tables,” waiter Alexandro dos Santos told EFE.

 

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