A show of support: Ojai group organizes vigil in wake of Orlando shootings

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

A young attendee holds a candle during Monday night’s vigil.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

A group of approximately 200 gathered at the Libbey Park fountain Monday evening to recognize and honor the 49 lives lost at Pulse, a gay dance club in Orlando, in the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Joanne Mackell, a local musician, organized the event after hearing the news Sunday.

“I just wanted to be with friends and be with community,” she said.

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