'Amazing' Prayer Vigil Held for Oikos Victims

April 05, 2012

A Tuesday prayer vigil for victims of the shooting rampage at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, was "amazing," according to the Rev. Hyok-In Kwon, pastor of Berkeley Korean United Methodist Church in Oakland.

"By the grace of God, we had an amazing prayer vigil," Kwon reported. "I could witness that we are all one unity in the name of Jesus. People were holding hands together to support each other and to end violence in our community. I praise the Lord even in this sorrowful moment, for giving us new vision and hope to move on."
 
Seven people were killed and three others wounded on Monday (April 2, 2012), when a gunman, allegedly former Oikos nursing student One Goh, 43, opened fire in a classroom. Goh surrendered to authorities a short time later and has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
 
The area faith community gathered at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, to pray for the victims, families, and the entire community.
 
Rev. Kwon said that as far as he knows, none of the victims had a connection with The United Methodist Church. "But they all are our brother and sisters," he said. "We need to pull together to support their families and communities affected by this tragedy."