Chicago Carpenter Makes Wooden Crosses for Victims of Mass Shootings

In the face of unspeakable tragedy, many of us look for ways to cope with our pain, anger, and fear.

Greg Zanis, a Chicago carpenter, found an outlet many years. He build crosses for people who have lost loved ones as a way to remember those gone too soon. A memorial in El Paso, Texas, has been erected as a sobering tribute to the victims of Saturday’s massacre. There will be 22 crosses in total, all made by Zanis, each about 25 to 30 pounds. He said they are so heavy because “I don’t want them to blow over.” Zanis has made tens of thousands of crosses for those who've died in shootings across the country as part of Crosses for Losses. He said he has made over 21,000 in the years since the Columbine massacre of 1999.



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