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Mourners gather for an evening vigil at Santa Monica College Monday evening at the spot where Marcela Dia Franco and her father Carlos Navarro Franco, the school's groundskeeper, were shot on Friday.
Photo by Roger Morante
Mourners gather for an evening vigil at Santa Monica College Monday evening at the spot where Marcela Dia Franco and her father Carlos Navarro Franco, the school's groundskeeper, were shot on Friday.

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Santa Monica College Hosted Vigil Monday Night

Santa Monica College student Akua Parker lights a candle at a vigil for those slain by a gunman outside the SMC library Monday night.  "I'm here at the memorial where the people died just to show a sense of coming together as a community and as a remembrance," said Parker.  "I lit a candle in remembrance of the people's lives who were lost."
Photo by Roger Morante
Santa Monica College student Akua Parker lights a candle at a vigil for those slain by a gunman outside the SMC library Monday night. "I'm here at the memorial where the people died just to show a sense of coming together as a community and as a remembrance," said Parker. "I lit a candle in remembrance of the people's lives who were lost."

Posted Jun. 11, 2013, 2:50 pm

Mirror Staff

Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor made the following remarks on behalf of the Santa Monica City Council at Monday's night's vigil at Santa Monica College.

“I am joined tonight by my Council colleagues and our City Manager, Rod Gould and members of our Santa Monica City staff.  We are gathered here tonight to begin recovery -- together -- as a community after last Friday’s events.

Our condolences go out to the families and victims of that tragic day. For those who have lost loved ones, our hearts ache for you and we offer our support to you as we move forward together.

Today and going forward, we must begin to recover and heal. The loss is too much to bear as individuals. We will begin recovery together as a community.

 As a City, we are working closely with Santa Monica College and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to provide assistance to our schools community. For community members that might need help with processing the events of last Friday, free counseling services will be made available at Virginia Avenue Park later this week. City staff and our community partners have also begun planning additional steps that draw on the strength of our community ties to begin healing.

Over the next week and beyond, we must commit to the healing process- to grieve, adapt and cope. Simple things like checking in on one another will take on great significance. Sometimes just listening and being there for one another is the greatest comfort we can offer. As a community, we'll grow stronger and from that strength discover how to truly heal.

Let’s hold each other in our hearts and work together as a community to move forward.”

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Jun. 12, 2013, 5:38:38 am

stewart said...

Let us call it as it T-I-Z, tiz shall we? The mayor went about lobbying and getting a $1 Million dollar prize from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg for a contest during a nationwide livability contest he conceived. The very one and the same Michael Bloomberg that also conceived and launched the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition that Pam O'Connor did not see fit to join until AFTER the mass shooting in Santa Monica last Friday. I for one am disgusted by Pam O'Connor hypocrisy in this example, she who pontificated at St Ann’es the other after noon and then again at SMCC, speaking in such terms as she did knowing full well that when given the opportunity to have taken a stand with almost 1,000 other mayors she directed her energies to ‘get the money’ instead. What? There was no monetary motivation to have ever at least symbolically signing on to Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ Coalition? What? The political liabilities of signing on to Mayors Against Illegal Gun’ Coalition was too great during an election cycle? Disgusting pathetic demagogue in contrast to Sandy Hook, super market shootings in Arizona, a theater in Colorado, the bombings in Boston, hypocrite doesn't even seem to make the point any longer now that when called out on not being a member of the Bloomberg coalition until days after the killings here, Mayor Pam O'Connor decided to sit at a computer and press a micro switch to sign on? She should resign.

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