Vigil for Oregon College Shooting Victims: ‘We Can Rise Above This Pain’

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A girl prays during a vigil in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1, 2015, for ten people killed and seven others wounded in a shooting at a community college in the western US state of Oregon. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Holding candles high in the air and singing “Amazing Grace,” hundreds of Roseburg residents gathered at a city park for a candlelight vigil to mourn the community college’s dead and wounded.

No family members or victims’ friends spoke at the hastily arranged event, held with the help of donations of supplies from local businesses.

Gov. Kate Brown spoke briefly and said she didn’t know why the shooting happened.

UCC President Rita Cavin told the crowd to keep their anger away: “Anger caused this; we can’t have anger around this minute… We can rise above this pain and focus on helping each other.”

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