THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) — The Conejo Valley community came together Saturday one year after the deadly mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill for a “Party in the Park,” in a show of unity and to celebrate life.
The event, held at Conejo Creek Park and billed as “celebration of lives in honor of those we lost,” featured country music and line dancing and drew three thousand people.
“I’m blown away,” said shooting survivor Jasmin Alexander, “This is amazing, I never thought this would be the turnout for something like this.”
The park is home to the newly christened healing garden, which allows visitors to pay tribute to the 12 people killed in the shooting and the 228 survivors.
The celebration caps a rough week for those who lost loved ones in the tragedy — and those who have survived.
“I’ve faced anxiety. I’ve been crying,” said survivor Sydney Madonado.
“There’s never a day when I don’t think about it. And there’s never a day that goes by that I’m not upset about it,” adds fellow survivor Emily Marosticn.
Organizers say they hope that the celebration will become an annual event.