Greg Zanis Places Crosses for Latest Shooting Victims

Greg Zanis prepares crosses to place at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

NEW YORK – Greek-American Greg Zanis has placed about 27,000 crosses to commemorate the victims of mass shootings in the United States, according to a report on Spectrum News, which noted that once he heard the news of the El Paso shooting, Zanis drove 22 hours from Chicago to El Paso with a friend. After placing the crosses as a memorial to the victims, their next stop would be Dayton.

“We woke up yesterday morning to hear this again. Makes you not even want to get up from bed in the morning,” Zanis told Spectrum News.

Zanis, is the founder of Crosses for Losses, and writes on the organization’s website, “My name is Greg Zanis. I am a carpenter by trade. Since 1997, I’ve constructed and placed over 20,000 white wooden crosses and other memorials for the public and the families of crime victims as well as accident victims.”

In early October of 2017, he drove nearly 2,000 miles from the Chicago area to install crosses on a patch of grass near the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, not far from the site of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival where 58 people were killed on October 1. Zanis also posted crosses after the Columbine and Sandy Hook school shootings and the massacre at an Orlando nightclub.

Greg Zanis prepares crosses to place at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The retired carpenter, made his first cross 20 years ago when his father-in-law was killed, WGN9 reported. “That just changed my life,” Zanis said. “My first cross was for somebody that I loved. And when I put up these crosses here, I always think of my personal loss here too. Always.”

Zanis was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1950 to a Greek Orthodox priest and Greek immigrant seamstress mom. His middle name, Steven, is Stavros in Greek, which he proudly points out, means “cross,” according to the Chicago Reader.

He grew up in Nashville and his parents spoke Greek at home. His father was one of the founders of St. Athanasios Church in Aurora, IL, the Chicago Reader reported.

Referring to the Columbine shooting, Zanis told KENS5 news, “We just had a 20-year anniversary, and it’s just not stopping,” adding that “It’s a dreadful thing I’m doing here; it’s not like I go home and look at your papers anymore.”

5 Comments

  1. ..

    While , U.S politicians rape our treasury of 870 billion dollars to the military to terrorize the international community.thru out the world.with their latest being Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Yemen,and waging economic terrorism on the EU, Russia, China and even Greece, they use the victims of mass murder, as simply, political pawns, to spend more money to commit more mass murders of foreign citizens!

    This despicable act , a common part of our lives now, since US white Supremacist leader began terrorizing the Middle East and Europe with THE NUMBER ONE SPONSORS OF TERRORISTS in the World, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and UAE..in the mass shooting deaths of the people of Iraq, libya. Syria ..etc etc!

    .AS Congress womanTulsi Gabbard. told a National T.V. audience, it has been Saudi Arabia and U.S arming and supporting Terrorist to do the dirty work of overthrowing the elected governments of the Middle East !

    While Wiki leaks revealed, it was TNH idols Joe biden, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama who.chose to spend 1 billion dollars with their masters.the C.I.A degenerates to train, fund ,and recruit Sunni Muslim Syrian terrorists called Al Queda,to overthrow another leader of the Middle East!

    It is not Syria, Iraq, Venezuela, or Iran. who have killed 27,000 Americans, but U.S white supremacist racist.in Washington!

    We are number 1 in the exceptional ability to commit mass murder against both US and foreign citizens of the world!.

  2. Michael you need to get back on your meds –
    enough already!
    If you don’t like America please leave.
    Go Trump!

    1. I voted for Donald Trump, because he told us he was going to stop the genocide of foreign wars against foreign citizens.By your Glory to America and Israel agent Ahepan Robert Menendez, Hillary Clinton and Billy Clinton, Barack Obama, and of course the white supremacist racist terrorist and Mass Murderers, the Bush family who slaughtered 500,000 non anglo Americans, in Iraq . based on lies!

      These guys, Sage Girl ..were so bad.that the clergy and caretakers of the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem .have banned the Bush family and UK racist Tony Blair.from ever entering the Church of the Nativity for the slaughter of men, women and children of Iraqi citizens and shia Muslim faith!

      Donald Trump say the victims of the shootings were bigoted, racist , White Supremacist!

      And Sage Girl.. that is what I would describe you, anybody who can dispute what I have written and has been documented over the last 20 years and documented in the Pentagon Papers on Vietnam,and for your entertainment televised these the racist attacks on Iraq, and then Libya.and watch the destruction of a foreign country.that created millions of death and refugees, and 8 years later is now simply, a shark feeding frenzy of the most despicable terrorist in the world. and still you demand more blood in Syria, Iran, Venezuela and Yemen.is a white supremacist racist hate monger, who fits in very nicely in America and your Ahepa Mason Nazis!

      You ask me to leave,.I ask for you to be arrested!

  3. Join me Sage Girl

    Open letter
    To
    Democratic Congressman Tom Malinowski –

    -“In the wake of the El Paso shootings, it is clear that terrorists motivated by a common white supremacist ideology are committing deadly attacks against African-American, Jewish, Muslim, Hispanic and other non-white communities in the United States and around the world, and that they pose a clear and present danger to our national security. There is legislation pending in the House and Senate, much of which should have bipartisan support, that would strengthen our government’s ability to confront domestic terrorism, while making it harder for terrorists to purchase guns.

    “White supremacist terrorism is a clear and present danger to our security and should be taken as seriously as threats from foreign-based terrorist groups.

    Therefore, Mr. Malinowski, it is your duty .to prosecute yourself and members of the U.S government who have supported a White Supremacist Racist foreign policy of Economic, political and military terrorism and mass murder of foreign citizens of the world.which according to all estimates since the end of WW 2…. is about 22 million non Anglo American citizens of the world!
    These include people of color, religions and ethnicity .Vietnamese, North Korean, Serbians, Syrians, libyan, Iraqis, Somalian, Yemenese, Pakistan, Cuba, Grenada, Iranians, Venezuelans, Nicoragua.,

  4. continued…

    and are accessorizes in arming and funding the ethnic and religious cleansing and murder of Palestinian by Israel, the Yemenese people by Saudi Arabia, and the Greek Cypriots by Nato ally Turkey!

    AS a former member of the State Department, you have been complicit in state sponsored terrorism.and terrorist organizations called Al Queda, Al Nustra , and Muslim Brotherhood…as reported Defense Department Intellegence reports and by Democrat Joe Biden!

    AS a citizens of the U.S .A ,.I demand that you draft legislation that initiates a full investigation into the criminal actions of members of the U.S government for practicing white supremacist racist terrorism both in the U.S and in Foreign countries of the world!

    Additionally, the only gun legislation needed to secure the peace and safety of the American people ..in not by disarming the population, but defunding the military budget..to stop arms sales to state sponsors of terrorism and terrorist organizations ..like Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE , Qatar..who have sponsored attacks or participated in the attacks of countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and threatening Iran, Venezuela.. and I lost count of all the countries we rape the treasury of America to represent the interests of White Supremacist racist Hate mongers!

    What makes white supremacist racist dropping bombs and drones on wedding parties killing 400 Pakistanis attending a Wedding any different than the shooter in Texas?

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