Candlelight Vigil In State College Remembers Las Vegas Victims

Oct 5, 2017

Vigil attendees gather at the Allen Street gates in State College.
Credit Taylor Mason-Little / WPSU

Local community members gathered Tuesday night at Penn State's Allen Street gates to sing and mourn the victims of the Las Vegas shooting that occurred Sunday night.

Leading the vigil was Christine O’Donovan-Zavada, a Community Organizer for Planned Parenthood of Pennsylvania Advocates.

“I think when things like this happen people feel alone and they feel scared,” O’Donovan-Zavada said. “And so just making sure that there is a space for people to come together and feel supported and feel loved and feel a part of their community, just seemed important to me.”

Vigil attendee Rachel Fleischer, who is originally from Las Vegas, says this event means a lot to her since she cannot be with her friends and family at home right now.

“I think these kinds of events are important cause it shows camaraderie between everyone and it’s an outlet to mourn together,” Fleischer said, “which I think can sometimes be a little bit more powerful than when you are trying to harness these emotions by yourself.”

Community members held candles as they mourned the lives lost and offered prayers to those still critically injured.