Illinois man arrives in Las Vegas with crosses to honor victims

Aris Folley, AOL.com

A man drove nearly 2,000 miles cross-country to deliver dozens of white crosses to the iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign on the famous city's strip to honor victims of last weekend's massacre.

Greg Zanis, a carpenter from Illinois that has become well known for honoring victims of mass shooting around the country, made 58 crosses from scratch to install in a patch of grass not far from the area where Route 91 Harvest country music festival was held and 58 victims lost their lives.

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“This row of crosses will show the severity of what really happened there. More so than numbers and pictures in the paper,”  Zanis told  WGN News before he left.

Each of the crosses, which took Zanis two days to cut and decorate, has a heart attached and features names and photos of the victims. The 66-year-old also brought Stars of David for Jewish victims.

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Over the past twenty years, Zanis said he's erected more than 20,000 markers for victims of mass shootings, including after the Pulse Nightclub massacre in 2016 and the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2015.

The retiree plans to keep the tribute up for 40 days before delivering them to the victims' families.