Isla Vista Community Holds Vigil For Shooting Victims
ISLA VISTA (CBSLA.com) — The community of Isla Vista, a college town nestled next to UC Santa Barbara, held a vigil Saturday night to mourn the six people killed in a shooting rampage.
A crowd began to gather 7 p.m. at UCSB Storke Plaza for a vigil that included speakers and performers, along with a memorial walk into Isla Vista.
This comes less than 24 hours after a gunman waged a drive-by shooting at several different locations across the area, Santa Barbara police reported.
The victims’ identities haven’t been confirmed by authorities by UCSB officials say students were involved.
At the vigil — which continued well into the night Saturday — CBS2’s Cristy Fajardo spoke to many students who said they were in disbelief and trying to come to grips with the tragedy.
Many of the students placed flowers inside bullet holes at the deli where Chris Martinez, believed to be the last victim killed, died after being shot several times.
She reported, “All evening we’ve seen people dropping by to pay their respects and all day long we have seen prayers for those who survived — and tears for those who didn’t.”