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TUCSON, Ariz. -- In an effort Thursday to reclaim the site of the Safeway massacre at Ina and Oracle, religious leaders from different faiths gathered for a service of cleansing and healing.
A group of more than 50 people gathered outside Safeway to reclaim the space. The same spot where tragedy struck 13 days ago.
"Sometimes the sacredness of space is violated by violence, as happened in 9/11 and happened here in this place in Tucson," said Bishop Gerald Kicanas of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson.
A place that many of the people in the audience shopped or met friends for lunch.
"It's my grocery store, it's the place that I come," said service attendee Virginia Kat. "I felt it was really important to reclaim it in a positive and loving way."
Important enough to bring leaders from several different faiths together for one goal.
"To redeem it or to reclaim it for the good of all and not just be the place where people come and remember that terrible thing that happened here," said Reverend John Dorhauer of the United Church of Christ.
Here is where they sang, prayed and tried to heal the wounds of what happened on January 8.
"I thought it was a wonderful idea, it really needed to happen and its helping everyone heal."
A healing process that could take a while.
"Healing is never easy, but at a service like this, is something that helps those who suffer from this to move a step closer to a place of healing and holiness," said Rev. Dorhauer.
One thing is sure, the Tucson community is moving closer despite the tragedy.
"Everyone is pulling together and we'll make it happen with god's help," said Kat.
Thursday's gathering also included employees from Safeway that were working on January 8 at the time of the shooting.