Pierside Candlelight Vigil Honors Uvalde VictimsJun 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.
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.
Performing songs at the event were Julie Oates, Cletus Bradley, Izzy Escobar, and 9-year-old Robinson Elementary student Joy Hattendorf.
Along the pier railings, organizers had hung banners bearing the names of the Uvalde shooting victims.
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.