Survivors and families of the victims of a fatal stabbing rampage at a care home for the mentally disabled in Kanagawa Prefecture marked the second anniversary of the tragedy on Thursday.

Care home officials and local citizens offered silent prayers at the site of Tsukui Yamayuri En in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, where a former care worker killed 19 residents of the facility and injured 26 others, including two employees, on July 26, 2016.

"Continuing to offer dedicated support to residents will help prevent (memories of) the incident from fading. We must never allow similar incidents to happen," said Kaoru Irikura, the 61-year-old head of the care home, whose residents are temporarily living at another facility during reconstruction work.