Known for his commemorate crosses, Aurora man is retiring


FILE – In this Aug. 5, 2019, file photo Greg Zanis prepares crosses to place at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. The Illinois man who made and delivered more than 27,000 crosses to sites around the U.S., largely to remember victims of gun violence, is stepping away from his ministry but aims to train others to carry it on. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

An Aurora man who made more than 27,000 crosses to commemorate victims of mass shootings across the country is retiring. 

According to The Beacon-News, Greg Zanis came to realize his Crosses for Losses ministry was beginning to take a personal toll on him.

Zanis has set up crosses for mass shootings for 23 years. His breaking point reached after learning there were two more victims after the mass shooting outside of a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Zanis says it’s not the end of his ministry, just the end of him doing it.

He hopes to pass it on to Lutheran Church Charities of Northbrook, a nonprofit organization that uses dogs to help calm people.

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