State College, Pa- Monday evening’s vigil for the victims of last week’s shooting had many somber moments of remembrance. Remembrance for those who lost their lives in a community where lethal violence is rarely seen.
After the vigil ended, many left behind words of remembrance written on posters…along with flowers showing that those gone are not forgotten.
Over 50 gathered at the Allen Street gate to take part in the vigil. Some were young, some old, some students who only call State College home for semesters, and others who’ve called it home for a lifetime. All were there to reflect on a shooting that they say cuts against the grain of what they consider normal in Happy Valley.
As some looked to move forward… others say it will be a while before they can look at State College the same way.
“We’ve been in the national spotlight for many different things, positive and negative, but for something like this… the whole nation and world are looking at you. It’s gonna be hard to move on. It’s something I believe every employee, every police officer. every community member, and anyone traveling into this community…will reflect on…,” said Douglas Shontz, the Communications Specialist for State College Borough who attended Monday’s vigil.