Vigil held for shooting victims

(Cat Blewer | Concordiensis) Students hold candles at the candlelight vigil, held on the steps of Schaffer Library on Oct. 8 for victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, a candlelight vigil was held in front of the library to commemorate the ten lives lost at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., after the shooting there two weeks ago.

The event, which was hosted by the Interfaith Youth Core and Campus Minister Victoria Brooks, was attended by many.

Around 8:15 p.m., students circled in front of the library to hold a moment of silence for the lives lost and to pray for the nine who are recovering from wounds received during the shooting.

Following the moment of silence, Brooks offered students a chance to speak out about their feelings toward the shooting.

From the few that spoke, a common theme was evident: The students who spoke were sick of the number of vigils being held on this campus and they wished that killings like this would come to an end.

They feared that school shootings like this were slowly becoming a norm.

The vigil ended with Muslim and Latin prayers, as well as the invitation to attend a talk on anti-religious violence.

In the wake of the shooting, Douglas County Commisioner Chris Boice challenged atendees of a candlelight vigil there never to say the name of the gunman, stating, “This is about the families, this is about the victims, this is about our community and this is about the tragic loss that we all suffered today. This is not about the shooter.”

The victims from Umpqua included Lawrence Levine, 67; Kim Dietz, 59; Serena Dawn Moore, 44; Jason Johnson, 34; Treven Anspach, 20; Lucero Alcaraz, 19; Lucas Eibel, 18; Quinn Cooper, 18; and Ann Carnes, 18.

Brooks commented during the vigil that she had lost count of the number of school shootings that have occured during the past few years.

The Umpqua school shooting marks the 25th shooting resulting “in injury or death” at an American school in 2015, according to ABC News.

A day after students held the candlelight vigil in front of Schaffer Library, a shooting occurred at Northern Arizona State University, during which one student, Colin Brough, was fatally shot and three others were wounded.


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