Billy Graham Chaplains Offer Comfort After San Jose Shooting

By   •   May 26, 2021

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Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains pray with grieving community members at a memorial for the shooting victims of the rail yard shooting in San Jose, California.

Tragedy struck San Jose, California, early Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire at a light rail yard. Local authorities have identified nine victims, who ranged from 29 to 63 years old.

“Join me in praying for the families and loved ones of victims of the mass shooting today in San Jose,” Franklin Graham shared on Facebook. “We have deployed our Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains to be on site to pray with and minister to families, first responders and the community who are shocked and grieving.”

A team of crisis-trained chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) is offering emotional and spiritual care in the reeling California city. The Mobile Ministry Center is also open as a safe space for residents to process this tragedy. 

“Our hearts are broken for all of the families who lost loved ones,” said BG-RRT Assistant Director Josh Holland. “We want them to know that God still loves them and cares about them, even as they are in the midst of such great pain.”

Many of the Rapid Response Team’s past deployments in California were the result of wildfires, but most recently chaplains served at a COVID-19 field hospital in Los Angeles County—where they prayed with more than 700 people.

Please join us in praying for the San Jose community as details of this ongoing investigation unfold.