Responding to a rash of shootings in their community, Santa Monica residents and community leaders will hold a vigil and procession Sunday evening to call for peace and healing.
Organizers said a gunman’s shooting rampage on June 7 that left six dead was followed by three other shooting incidents that left one dead and two others injured.
“Although we have reduced gang and youth violence in recent years, the incidents of the past few days are a wake-up call that our city must not regress in its effort to address” the violence, Oscar de la Torre, a Santa Monica school board member, said in a prepared statement.
The vigil will begin at 6 p.m. at the corner of Kansas and Yorkshire avenues, the focal point of the shooting rampage that ended at Santa Monica College. Police fatally shot John Zawahri, 23, inside the college library after he had killed five people, including his father and brother.