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Remembering The Victims In San Bernardino Shooting

Residents of San Bernardino are uniting to cope with the trauma of Wednesday's shooting.

A day after 14 lives were lost in the San Bernardino shooting, residents, family and friends mourn together and pay their respects to the victims' families. 

At the corner of Waterman and Orange Show, an intersection about a mile north of the Inland Regional Center, members of a local church congregation gathered for a prayer vigil. Although the group was small, their message was strong. They were not going to let Wednesday's attack defeat them. Prayer was this group's way of healing.

ATVN spoke with the church's pastor, Carlos Mendez, who was present at the prayer vigil. One of his relatives works at the Inland Regional Center, but thankfully was completing training at a different location the day of the shooting. In the video below, he describes the fear of not knowing where she was hours after the attack.

Less than an hour after the prayer vigil, a man from Redlands, Manny Guzman, planted a cross and lit candles at the intersection. Guzman told ATVN he empathizes with the victims' families because he lost his father 20 years ago from a tenant who shot and killed him. So, Guzman said he set up this memorial for whoever wants to pray, bring flowers and find comfort. The memorial started with a cross, one bouquet of flowers and a candle. But, it slowly grew throughout the day as people walked or drove by. 

Later at night, a candlelight vigil was held at San Manuel Stadium, which is about 2 miles north of the Inland Regional Center. A line formed in front of the stadium more than an hour before the ceremony was supposed to start. The vigil was scheduled for 6 p.m., but a councilman walked up to the podium a few minutes later to tell attendees the event was going to be delayed. A large number of cars were still lined up outside waiting to be let in. The councilman wanted to make sure everyone had the opportunity to come to the vigil. The vigil eventually began at around 6:30 p.m. The families of the victims and hundreds of their supporters were in attendance. Soon, a sea of candles lit the stadium. A powerful message began the ceromony which erupted a roar of applause from the audience: "San Bernardino, we may be down. But, we are not out."

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