Connecticut pastor seeks to raise a dollar per mile on road trip for El Paso victims
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A pastor from Connecticut is driving 2,300 miles to El Paso, Texas, to spread the message that “love goes farther” than hate.

Adam Bowles, a pastor at Castle Church in Norwich, Conn., is driving from his hometown to the memorial site outside the El Paso Walmart where 22 people were killed earlier this month. Bowles is seeking to raise $2,300 by the time he reaches the city on the U.S.-Mexico border — one dollar for each mile driven.

"Every mile and every donation is our way of condemning hatred," Bowles said in a Facebook post announcing his plans.


Bowles said he came up with his plan after learning that the alleged gunman drove 10 hours to launch the attack. The suspect allegedly posted a manifesto online ahead of the attack warning of a "Hispanic invasion."

The pastor said his thought since then has been “love goes farther.” 

Bowles, who is being accompanied by a family friend and his brother-in-law on the journey, is slated to stop in Columbus, Ohio, along the way to visit a memorial for the Dayton, Ohio, shooting that left nine people dead a day after the El Paso attack.

The trio will also stop in St. Louis and Dallas on their trip.

The men are documenting their journey on Facebook. They had reached Pennsylvania as of Tuesday afternoon and were estimating to reach Ohio before midnight on Tuesday.

All proceeds will be donated to the Paso del Norte Community Foundation's El Paso Victims Relief Fund. 

The group has raised $170 of its $2,300 goal. Donations can be made on the foundation's website