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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.
April 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A candlelight vigil has been planned for next week to honor Audrie Pott, the Saratoga High School sophomore who committed suicide after three boys allegedly sexually assaulted her. The vigil, announced on the Facebook page set up by a foundation named in her honor, comes amid growing outrage over the case. "We would appreciate it if potential attendees would wear teal. Thank you for your continued support," organizers said about the April 19 event. The foundation also urged anyone with information about the case to come forward: "If students have information about this crime, if they saw pictures or know anything that will assist in bringing these young men to justice, please come forward.
July 30, 2011 | Los Angeles Times staff reports
A funeral service for labor organizer Richard Chavez will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the United Farm Workers' 40 Acres complex at 31068 Garces Highway in Delano, Calif. An all-night vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. Chavez, younger brother of UFW co-founder Cesar Chavez, died Wednesday at 81.
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.
April 4, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation's immigration laws.  Undocumented immigrants "need mercy and they need justice," said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the vigil, held 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 current laws as "totally broken” and said they were unfairly punishing families and children.
April 2, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
One by one, classmates of 13-year-old Angela Sandoval talked about the girl who never frowned. “When she was absent, the school would be quiet,” said Brenda Sandoval, 12, who befriended Angela last year. The two were not related, but often joked about which one was the “real” Sandoval. “She was a really good friend,” Brenda said at a vigil Monday evening for her friend. Angela was one of five people killed Saturday in a crash on Interstate 15 north of Las Vegas, where police said a man drinking and driving rear-ended the van Angela was riding in, causing it to flip.
September 5, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A 7-year-old girl who was the victim of a car-to-car shooting in Palmdale continued to fight for her life Thursday as family and friends pray for a miracle. Dozens of people held a vigil Wednesday night outside the home of the girl -- identified by family as Desiree Macias -- in the wake of a shooting that left the little girl brain-dead.  Candles, balloons and signs lined the front yard fence as relatives and school friends comforted each other. “It's not easy," Rose Galvan, the girl's aunt, told KTLA-TV.
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Friends and family of a teen killed last week when a FedEx truck slammed into a charter bus full of prospective college students gathered for an emotional vigil Monday night at El Monte High School. Adrian Castro, 19, was courteous and stubborn in his own way, making sure that anything he started, he finished, said his dad, Raul Castro. “That was my right-hand man and now he's no longer with me,” he added. Adrian Castro was among 10 people killed last week when the truck slammed into the bus headed for Humboldt State University for a spring tour.
August 13, 1991
The National Organization for Women Foundation will mourn senseless violence against women at a vigil honoring 19 girls who were murdered and 71 others raped in a brutal attack by their male schoolmates last month at the St. Kizito boarding school in Kenya. Twenty-nine boys, ages 14 through 19, have been charged with manslaughter in the deaths.
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