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Chaplains comfort the bereaved after five killed in Colorado shooting

by Donna Birrell

Chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team are among those ministering to those affected by a shooting in Colorado in which five people were killed.

At least 25 others were injured when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs. 

The suspect has been named as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich.  

Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT said :

"Our hearts break for those who have lost loved ones and friends in this shooting. We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to listen, comfort, pray with, and share God's love with those who have been impacted by this horrific tragedy."

The response team says the shooting is reminiscent of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed. BG-RRT responded to that incident where 40 chaplains prayed with close to 2,000 people.
The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 680 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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