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Vigil Attendees Attempt To Process Tragedy Of Molson Coors Shooting

Maayan Silver
The Ridge Community Church hosted about 100 people for a vigil following the Molson Coors Shooting.

The mass shooting at Molson Coors Wednesday night is still under investigation and the community is still raw. At Ridge Community Church in Greenfield, about 100 people gathered Thursday night to mourn those who lost their lives, and to show support for their families and friends. 

People who attended the vigil had a lot on their minds, as they try to process the tragedy.

Today, Wayne Janusiak lives about 40 minutes northwest of the Wisconsin Dells. But he says he was an electrician at Molson Coors for about 28 years, until he retired two years ago.

Janusiak says he worked with both the shooter, electrician Anthony Ferrill, and one of the five coworkers Ferrill killed.

READ: Milwaukee Police ID Molson Coors Shooting Suspect And Victims

Stories have come to light about a conflict between that coworker and Ferrill. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the two were involved in a lengthy dispute that, “boiled over before [Ferrill] came back with two guns and started shooting.”

Janusiak says he was surprised of news of the conflict. “I mean they seemed to get along, they worked in the same area. So, I really don’t know about a conflict. This is something new maybe," he said.

Janusiak pondered what it will take for the people working at Molson Coors to get back to normal: “Will they ever get back to normal? I don’t know. I can’t answer that, I don’t know. Just time. Time heals, right?”

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About a dozen therapy dogs joined the vigil to help provide comfort to attendees.

Another person who stopped at the church to remember the victims and support their loved ones was Marc Resendez, who lives on Milwaukee’s south side.

He had conflict resolution on his mind, saying it could have prevented the loss of six lives at the brewery complex.

“Well, I'm thinking that, you know, people that have problems, they should talk to somebody, you know, a pastor or best friend and talk about it. Don't do dumb stuff like this, you know, nobody needs to die,” Resendez said.

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Miriam Silva attended the vigil and hoped that it could serve as a reminder of love in the Milwaukee community.

Miriam Silva of Milwaukee also was saddened that a reported dispute may have contributed to Wednesday’s senseless killings.

“We're so divided on so many things and so many issues and things that really don't matter in the long run, you know, and it's just, we just need to love each other and, and figure out what the person needs from us and look for signs and just be kind to people," Silva said.

Authorities are not confirming reports about the alleged workplace conflict between Ferrill and one of his victims, and perhaps other Molson Coors employees.

At a news conference late Thursday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett reminded reporters that the shooting is still under investigation.

He said, “It’s premature to speculate on anything,” and that now is “the time to grieve and to support the families.”

Another vigil is scheduled for this Sunday. It’s being organized by the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee and other groups.

Maayan is a WUWM news reporter.
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