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Seal Beach shooting: More than 1,000 attend emotional vigil

Seal Beach shooting vigil

More than 1,000 people converged at the Seal Beach shooting scene Thursday night for an emotional vigil to remember the eight people who were slain and another person who was critically wounded.

Many people in the crowd were carrying candles. They ranged from teenage soccer players to men and women who used canes to move around the crowded event outside Salon Meritage where the tragedy occurred.

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A memorial of flowers, candles and notes stood outside the salon.

At one point, the crowd broke out in singing "Amazing Grace."

Jim Watson, who owns the building where the rampage occurred, said the event was a positive move that will help begin the healing process.

"You feel the love," he said. "People genuinely care."

Sgt. Steve Bowles of the Seal Beach Police Department watched as people quietly wept and hugged one another.

"We're moving," he said, "from a period of crisis to a period of support."


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Photo: People stand shoulder to shoulder at the emotional vigil. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times

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