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Pierside Candlelight Vigil Honors Uvalde Victims

Jun 04, 2022 09:05AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Singer/songwriter Izzy Escobar performs at the candlelight vigil honoring the Uvalde shooting victims at the Manhattan Beach Pier on June 3, 2022.

A candlelight vigil at the Manhattan Beach Pier on Friday night honored the victims of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

(The crowd watches on as Julie Oates sings at the vigil)

The vigil drew approximately 75 children and adults. City representatives included Manhattan Beach City Councilmember Joe Franklin and Manhattan Beach Unified School District Superintendent John Bowes.

Franklin said that in the wake of this "unspeakable tragedy," residents should continue to be mindful and speak up if they see something unusual or know of someone in pain.

Gesturing to the crowd, he added, "Know that as you look around, you're not alone."

Bowes reminded attendees that the schools had resources in place where students could get help or counseling.

(Joy Hattendorf sings at the vigil)

Performing songs at the event were Julie Oates, Cletus Bradley, Izzy Escobar, and 9-year-old Robinson Elementary student Joy Hattendorf.

(Cletus Bradley addresses the crowd)

Along the pier railings, organizers had hung banners bearing the names of the Uvalde shooting victims.

And at a nearby table, families and children were encouraged to color and sign postcards to go to members of Congress encouraging them to sign H.R. 8, a bipartisan bill aimed at closing loopholes in the background check process.

The May 24 shooting in Uvalde, Texas, involved a single gunman who fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers, and wounded seventeen other people.

Last week, the city of Manhattan Beach, the Manhattan Beach Police Department, and MBUSD issued a joint statement regarding their collaborative commitment to school safety.

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