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September 15, 2012 | By Mona Shadia and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
About 60 Southern California Muslims gathered Friday evening at the intersection of Barranca Parkway and Jamboree Road in Tustin to mourn the loss of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the three others killed earlier this week in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The vigil was organized by a young Syrian American, who, along with some friends, wanted "to show that what happened in Libya does not represent us as Muslims," said Lilah Khoja, 21. "Even more important, we should stand by and honor the great Christopher Stevens, who did a lot for the Libyan people.
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April 5, 2014 | Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's laws. Immigrants who are in the United States illegally "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Gomez, who has made changing immigration laws a hallmark of his three-year tenure leading the L.A. Archdiocese, described the current system as "totally broken," adding that federal laws punished families and children unfairly.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A vigil is scheduled Tuesday night for a Palmdale teen who was killed when he was hit by a school bus while riding his bike. Friends and family of Michael Valenzuela, 18, will gather at the intersection of 55th Street and Avenue R at 8 p.m. to remember the soccer-playing high school graduate, KTLA-TV reported. Valenzuela was hit at about 3:45 p.m. as he rode his bike to soccer practice, said Gil Hernandez of the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the accident.
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March 14, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
For seven years St. David's Episcopal Church has served as a concert venue for Austin's vibrant South by Southwest Conference. This week it also became a place for mourning. Holding flowers and sheets of paper with prayers, about 100 people gathered outside the on church to mourn 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr of Amsterdam and 27-year-old Jamie Ranae West of Austin, who were struck and killed when a car plowed into a crowd early Thursday. Twenty-three others were injured. Rashad Charjuan Owens, a 21-year-old music producer from Killeen, Texas, has been arrested.
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July 22, 2012 | By Mike Anton
As churches throughout Colorado paused Sunday to remember the victims of the mass shooting in an Aurora movie theater, the city prepared for a large turnout at an evening vigil for the victims outside City Hall. How large? In the wake of the killings at Columbine High School in nearby Littleton in 1999, more than 70,000 people assembled for a prayer service. The 6:30 p.m. vigil Sunday will be on the grounds surrounding the Aurora Municipal Center. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, members of the state's congressional delegation and other civic and religious leaders were expected to speak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 14-year-old boy who was shot and killed Saturday night while walking home in Vermont Square was remembered Monday as a quiet child who liked video games and occasionally played basketball. Elawnza Peebles, dressed in a gray sweatshirt and jeans, was walking down Kansas Avenue about 9:40 p.m. when he was killed. Detectives don't know if the gunman was on foot or in a vehicle, and are hoping for witnesses to come forward. HOMICIDE REPORT: TRACKING KILLINGS IN L.A. COUNTY Saturday night, Porshea Merritt was standing on her porch a few houses down when her cousin told her someone had been shot.
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June 16, 2013 | By Carlos Lozano
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.
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December 12, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Solemn moments of prayer and the singing of hymns contrasted with calls for political action during a vigil at the Washington National Cathedral on Thursday, almost a year after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The sermons and speeches during the vigil aimed to console, as well as to demand action on gun-control laws. “A year ago next Sunday I said from this pulpit behind me that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Rick Rojas and Anh Do
Friends and family members gathered Monday night at a vigil for a missing Cal State Fullerton student, who disappeared on May 2. Maribel Manriquez Ramos, a former Army sergeant who served in South Korea and Iraq, was just weeks away from graduating with a degree in criminal justice. She was last seen on surveillance video outside her apartment building around 8:30 p.m. on May 2.  She was reported missing a few days later after she failed to show up at a veterans' appreciation dinner where she was supposed to give a speech.
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December 25, 2013 | By KTLA-5
A vigil took place on Christmas Eve at the site in South Los Angeles where a 35-year-old man was stabbed to death in an attack that has left police searching for the killer and a motive. William Jennings died about 10:30 p.m. Friday after a confrontation in the 3300 block of West Jefferson Boulevard in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. He and his wife had just walked home from a Christmas party, according to relatives, when he went to the corner store. During that quick trip, he was approached by another man who pulled out a knife and stabbed Jennings after a brief dispute, according to police.
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February 28, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The family of an Orange County teen missing since last summer will hold vigils in three locations Friday to mark the 6-month anniversary of his disappearance. Bryce Laspisa, 19, from Laguna Niguel, went missing in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 30 on an isolated road next to Castaic Lake when his car rolled down an embankment. Laspisa was gone, but all of his possessions, including his phone, wallet and laptop, were left behind. Family, friends and Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies searched for weeks but never found any sign of Laspisa.
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February 13, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Annette Barrera didn't know any of the six people killed in a suspected DUI-related wrong-way crash on 60 Freeway this past weekend, but on Wednesday in Diamond Bar, she attended a vigil for the victims just the same. A victim of a drunk-driving crash last year in Lynwood, Barrera, still wheelchair-bound, said she'd want someone to do the same for her had she not survived. “I didn't die like the six victims that did," Barrera told KTLA-TV , but "if I had died, and I had one of these things, I would like some sort of survivor to come, so I don't feel alone.” The vigil, organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was held to honor the victims of the deadly Sunday crash.  Witnesses reported seeing a red Chevrolet Camaro -- which officials said was driven by Olivia Carolee Culbreath , 21 --  traveling east on the westbound 60 Freeway at more than 100 mph early Sunday morning when it struck a Ford Explorer, which then collided with a third vehicle.
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February 12, 2014 | By Lauren Raab
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has organized a public candlelight vigil Wednesday evening in Diamond Bar, where three days ago, a suspected wrong-way drunk driver caused a crash on the 60 Freeway that left six people dead. In Sunday's crash, authorities say witnesses reported seeing 21-year-old Olivia Carolee Culbreath's red Chevrolet Camaro going east on the westbound 60 Freeway at more than 100 mph when it struck a Ford Explorer , which then collided with a third vehicle. Only Culbreath and Joel Cortez, the driver of the third vehicle, survived the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2013 | By KTLA-5
A vigil took place on Christmas Eve at the site in South Los Angeles where a 35-year-old man was stabbed to death in an attack that has left police searching for the killer and a motive. William Jennings died about 10:30 p.m. Friday after a confrontation in the 3300 block of West Jefferson Boulevard in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. He and his wife had just walked home from a Christmas party, according to relatives, when he went to the corner store. During that quick trip, he was approached by another man who pulled out a knife and stabbed Jennings after a brief dispute, according to police.
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December 14, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
In one photo Claire Davis wears a riding cap, nuzzling a horse. Diffused sunlight illuminates green grass and a white picket fence. Now the high school senior lies in a hospital room. Outside, a community prays that she will survive a gunshot wound to the head. Police identified Davis, 17, as the student who was shot Friday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. She remained in critical condition Saturday, hospital officials said. She was the lone victim of Karl Halverson Pierson, 18, who entered the school looking for a librarian, officials said.
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December 12, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Solemn moments of prayer and the singing of hymns contrasted with calls for political action during a vigil at the Washington National Cathedral on Thursday, almost a year after 20 children and six adults were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The sermons and speeches during the vigil aimed to console, as well as to demand action on gun-control laws. “A year ago next Sunday I said from this pulpit behind me that the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral.
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April 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
WEST, Texas -- In the dimly lit sanctuary of Assumption Catholic Church, hundreds gathered here to embrace their friends and family, to cry and to pray for answers just about 24 hours after the tragedy that has left this small East Texas town reeling. They tried to take stock of what has unfolded here, and tried to search for the clarity that has evaded them thus far. "Our hearts are hurting, our hearts are broken," said Father Ed Karasek, pastor at the parish. "Our town of West will never be the same, but we will persevere.
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July 26, 2012 | By Ashley Powers
DENVER -- After the words of comfort ended and the doves fluttered away, the mourners gathered at a college campus here were asked to write messages for the victims of Friday's movie theater shooting.  "To those whose candles were extinguished too soon," someone scribbled on the concrete in blue chalk, "may you find happiness and comfort. "  "Some flames can never be put out," another mourner wrote in green.  The tributes were part of an afternoon vigil for three victims affiliated with the campus, which is home to three colleges.  PHOTOS: 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting  Jessica Ghawi, 24, was a student at one of the campus schools, Metropolitan State College of Denver.
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November 19, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
As Los Angeles County and union negotiators bargained in a building on the grounds of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Tuesday evening, more than 100 county workers held a candlelight vigil outside the downtown landmark and called on the county to meet their demands. “Let's make some noise for those upstairs to let them know we're here and we will not be moved,” the Rev. William Smart of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference cried into a bullhorn, addressing members of SEIU 721, the largest public-employee union in the county.
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November 14, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia and Doug Smith
Amid the wreckage from the Northridge earthquake in 1994, no city took more decisive action than Santa Monica. The City Council ordered its staff to find vulnerable wooden apartment and concrete buildings and require the owners to strengthen or demolish them. The city hired experts to help with the task. The council stood firm even when property owners protested the costs. But as shock over the deadly earthquake faded, so did Santa Monica's resolve. After several years of aggressive work, City Hall quietly stopped enforcing what were the strongest municipal quake regulations in California.
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