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SaMo Residents Call for Peace and Unity at Vigil

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KTLA) — After a rash of shootings, Santa Monica residents held a vigil on Sunday night calling for peace and unity.

Organizers said they were prompted by a series of recent killings, including a gunman’s shooting rampage near Santa Monica College on June 7 that left six dead, including the gunman.

The vigil started at the corner of Kansas and Yorkshire avenues, the focal point of the shooting rampage near SMC.

Police fatally shot John Zawahri, 23, inside the college library after he had killed five people, including his father and brother.

During the vigil, concerned residents followed a route where several killings happened, to memorialize the victims.

The deadly SMC rampage was followed by three other shooting incidents that left one dead and two others injured.

On June 11, two men were shot near Santa Monica College.

Two suspected gang members were later charged with murder and a third man was charged with being an accessory in connection with the shootings.

There was no indication that the incidents were related, police said.

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