US Illinois man installs 58 crosses to honor Las Vegas victims

05:10  06 october  2017
05:10  06 october  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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An Illinois man has installed 58 white crosses on the Las Vegas Strip to honor the victims of Sunday's mass shooting. Greg Zanis drove nearly 2,000 miles from the Chicago area to put up the crosses Thursday afternoon.

An Illinois man has installed 58 white crosses on the Las Vegas Strip to honor the victims of Sunday's mass shooting. Greg Zanis drove nearly 2,000 miles from the Chicago area to put up the crosses Thursday afternoon.

Sherri Camperchioli helps set up some of the crosses that arrived in Las Vegas today to honor the victims of the mass shooting on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) © The Associated Press Sherri Camperchioli helps set up some of the crosses that arrived in Las Vegas today to honor the victims of the mass shooting on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. A gunman opened fire on an outdoor music concert on Sunday killing dozens and injuring hundreds. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

LAS VEGAS — An Illinois man known for honoring the victims of mass shootings around the country installed 58 white crosses on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday.

Greg Zanis drove nearly 2,000 miles from the Chicago area to install the crosses on a patch of grass near the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, not far from the site of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival where 58 people were killed on Sunday night.

Eiffel Tower Goes Dark for Las Vegas and Marseille

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An Illinois man has installed 58 white crosses on the Las Vegas Strip to honor the victims of Sunday's mass shooting. Greg Zanis drove nearly 2,000 miles from the Chicago area to put up the crosses Thursday afternoon.

An Illinois man has installed 58 white crosses on the Las Vegas Strip to honor the victims of Sunday's mass shooting. Greg Zanis drove nearly 2,000 miles from the Chicago area to put up the crosses Thursday afternoon.

Zanis, a 66-year-old retired carpenter, made his first cross 20 years ago when his father-in-law was killed.

"That just changed my life," Zanis said. "My first cross was for somebody that I loved. And when I put up these crosses here, I always think of my personal loss here too. Always."

Zanis has become well-known for erecting more than 20,000 of the markers over the past two decades, including after the Columbine and Sandy Hook school shootings and the massacre at an Orlando nightclub.

The crosses, which Zanis said took him two days to cut and paint, feature a red heart.

He plans to keep the tribute up for 40 days before giving the crosses to the families of the victims.

Letters of sympathy are pouring into Las Vegas .
The cards and letters, filled with messages of sympathy and hope, pour in from around the world. Addressed to Las Vegas City Hall, they offer heartfelt condolences over the October 1 mass shooting that left 58 dead, nearly 500 injured and psychic scars across the Nevada desert city.The flood of mail started after the city's social media team launched Hearts4Vegas, a campaign for people looking for ways to help Las Vegas heal. "They wanted to try to help Las Vegas in some way," Jace Radke, a senior public information officer for the city, told CNN. "They wanted to do something.

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