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Candlelight vigil tonight at Cal Poly will honor Las Vegas shooting victims

A candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017, on Cal Poly’s campus honoring those lost and affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017, on Cal Poly’s campus honoring those lost and affected by the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

A candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday on Cal Poly’s campus to honor those who were killed or injured in the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The vigil will be at the University Union Plaza and is being coordinated by Cal Poly ASI and the Dean of Students Office.

A written statement from Associated Students Inc. President Riley Nilsen on Tuesday said several members of the Cal Poly community were in attendance at the Las Vegas music festival when a man began shooting into the crowd, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500.

“We are tremendously grateful that all of our students have made it home safely,” Nilsen said. “It’s important for us to reach out to our campus community to support, comfort and uplift one another during this tragedy that has impacted our nation.”

In the statement — which also was signed by Kaelan Sobouti, chair of the University Union Advisory Board, and Daniela Czerny, ASI chair of the board — Nilsen encouraged those in need of emotional support to visit Cal Poly Counseling Services or call 805-756-2511.

Authorities have spent the past several days investigating the potential motive of Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old shooter. As of Wednesday afternoon, police were questioning Paddock’s girlfriend, who said she had no knowledge of any plans by him to commit a massacre.

On the night of Oct. 1, a gunman opened fire on a concert near the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding hundreds of others.

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