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Good Friday, Easter services continue amid heightened police presence

Posted: 7:07 PM, Apr 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-19 22:07:56-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Worshipers continue with services on Good Friday and Easter weekend while being aware of the earlier incidents this week along with officers extending their holiday coverage.

The fire at Notre Dame in France shocked the world and the attempted church burning in Manhattan has frayed a few nerves for churchgoers during Holy Week.

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“It’s always on the back of your mind,” Maria Olivera said, outside of the Guardian Angel Cathedral. “Something like that could happen, but you try to stay positive.”

In a statement, The Diocese of Las Vegas said it doesn’t reveal its security measures out of an abundance of caution, but they have put safety plans in place for Easter weekend.

Las Vegas officers will also be around churches for traffic control, and they have distributed safety tips to churches as part of "Operation Vigilance."

Still, even those skipping church, are also thinking of safety while in crowded areas.

“I’m wary,” Shanae Sloan, visiting from New Zealand, said. "After the terrorist attack in our city I’m wary, but I know the police presence is huge so I feel safe.”

With thousands of churchgoers undeterred, many like Olivera have been placing their faith in security and God; praying that a day of positivity and togetherness would make the world a little brighter.

“Staying together and being positive,” she said, “it has a positive impact, not only on your life but also on your surroundings.”

Authorities have also sent information sheets to Las Vegas-area churches urging parishioners to keep an eye out for any unusual activity and to report whatever they see immediately.