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Thousands attend candle light vigil to honor victims of Saugus High School shooting

Posted at 2:41 AM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 05:44:06-05

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — The Santa Clarita community continues to come together after a deadly mass shooting took place at Saugus High School on Thursday.

On Sunday, thousands of people made their way to Central Park to honor the two students killed during the shooting.

A sea of blue could be seen through the crowds as music, prayer and memories of 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell and 15-year-old Gracie Muehlberger filled the air.

Gracie's father wrote a letter that shared how her family adored their sweet pea Gracie.

"Cindy [Gracie's mom] and Gracie were very much alike from their beautiful blue eyes, infectious smiles, but most of all her shining light, this is Gracie," read the letter.

Dominic's family too shared how much they will miss him and what a great leader he was.

Many students dawned shirts saying Saugus Strong unity, love and family.

Several memorials were made for the two students that were covered with flowers and messages to their families.

Students from neighboring schools, alumni, parents, and current Saugus high school students could be seen consoling each other.

23ABC spoke with several students who echoed similar sentiments of that fatal day,

"I'm so sorry that this isn’t fair," said Rana Amet, a senior at Saugus High school. "You come to school and this is somewhere you come to learn, make friends and a place where you figure out who you want to be."

Amet says that she was at school when the shots rang out. Tearfully she says that she will never forget that day but remembers just one thought.

"All that was running through my mind is that I didn’t want to die," said Amet. "All I want to do is help people in life and this was too soon."

Amet says that she is shocked by the amount of support at the vigil and hopes that it continues past the next few weeks.

"I hope we stay strong together because the students have to live through this for the rest of their lives," said Amet. "The support can’t last just two weeks for us to heal."

School officials say that Saugus High School will remain closed until December 2nd.

This coming week students have optional school activities where counseling will be available.