Public mourning for the 14 people killed in Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino will continue Saturday with a candlelight vigil in the San Fernando Valley and an interfaith service in Rancho Cucamonga.
Tonight’s candlelight vigil, dubbed “United We Stand,” is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at Granada Hills Charter High School, 10535 Zelzah Ave. in the San Fernando Valley. It will be co-hosted by Devonshire Area in Partnership and Muslim Youth Los Angeles.
“(This vigil will) provide community members with the opportunity to stand together and remember the victims of the San Bernardino shooting incident,” organizers said in a prepared statement. “We will also pray to show support for the survivors who are recovering from their injuries.”
The Islamic Center of Inland Empire will hold an “interfaith solidarity meeting” tonight in remembrance of the victims. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Islamic Center, located at 9212 Baseline Road in Rancho Cucamonga.
The public is invited to attend the event, which is being held “to express our solidarity, compassion and support for the victims’ families.”
ICIE condemned Wednesday’s shooting in a statement on its website, quoting the Quran. The statement read, “Whoever has killed an innocent person, it is as if he killed all of humanity” (Quran 5:32).
ICIE, which opened in 2008, serves the Muslim community of Rancho Cucamonga, as well as those in the surrounding cities of the Inland Empire.
More than 400 people gathered for a candlelight vigil Friday night at UC Riverside, where two of the 14 people killed Wednesday, and two of the 21 injured, graduated.
In the days since the rampage, Southland religious leaders have urged people to support each other and avoid lashing out or condemning any religious or ethnic groups.
“Peace and justice will simply not descend from above,” said the Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints Church in Pasadena. “Peace and justice comes as a result of people working in partnership and organizing across interfaith lines to say we will work for justice and we will work for peace.
“This is not a time to be blaming any religious or ethnic identity. This is a time for us to come together.
Bacon joined with other faith leaders and public officials at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Muslim Public Affairs Council this week to offer prayers and support for Wednesday’s victims..
“We have great challenges before us, but I think as you see the assembly of leaders like this, we’re prepared and we believe a united front is the best answer to deal with these kinds of problems,” said Salam Al-Marayati of the MPAC. “We’re dealing with violent crime. And the fact is, several people were killed and injured … and I don’t think it matters to them what the motivation is.”
Killed in Wednesday’s shooting were Robert Adams of Yucaipa, 40; Isaac Amanios of Fontana, 60; Bennetta Bet-Badal of Rialto, 46; Harry Bowman of Upland, 46; Sierra Clayborn of Moreno Valley, 27; Juan Espinoza of Highland, 50; Aurora Godoy of San Jacinto, 26; Shannon Johnson of Los Angeles, 45; Larry Kaufman of Rialto, 42; Damian Meins of Riverside, 37; Tin Nguyen of Santa Ana, 31; Nicholas Thalasinos of Colton, 52; Yvette Velasco of Fontana, 27; and Michael Wetzel of Lake Arrowhead, 37.
— City News Service