Thousands of mourners come together to mourn about 11 people who were killed in bar exercises in California
Thousands of mourners gathered on Thursday to attend a vigil for the 11 people killed in a mass shooter in the Californian bar.
Mourning people took the Fred Kavli Auditorium in Thousand Oaks to show their respects to the victims of the attack, which was carried out 24 hours earlier in the Borderline Bar and Grill in the city.
According to the police, the bar was full of students who enjoyed a country-themed & # 39; night of dancing when ex-navy Ian Michael Long, 28, came in and fired a bullet in the unsuspecting crowd.
Friends and relatives of the 11 people who were killed by Long, survivors of the shooting on Wednesday evening and members of the community were present at the service and all 1,800 seats in the room were filled.
Mourners weep and comfort each other during a vigil for the victims of the massive shooting at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza on Thursday
According to the organizers of the event, all 1,800 seats in the hall were filled and a large crowd gathered outside the theater
There were people who held candles and comforted each other as they gathered to pay their respects to the victims
A second crowd gathered outside the auditorium and created improvised memorials with flowers and photographs while the doors closed for the program.
Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox compared his city during the ceremony with other shooting hotspots.
Tonight, Thousand Oaks takes its place with those cities that have to rely on hope to get ahead, & # 39; Fox said.
& # 39; Tonight we are a painful city. But we are a city of love, compassion and community … The dawn will break and we will be more loving, compassionate and more united. & # 39;
& # 39; Because we & # 39; Thousand Oaks are strong & # 39 ;, & # 39; said Fox, borrowing a phrase adopted in Las Vegas after the Route 91 Harvest festival recordings that killed 58 people.
Ventura County sheriff Geoff Dean, who lost one of his officers in the massacre, told the moment he told the man's wife. Sgt. Ron Helus was shot and killed when he responded to a call to the bar after he had exchanged fire with the shooter.
"When I met his wife in the hospital, she did not know it yet," said Dean, who is retiring on Friday. & # 39; She had a scanner at home and heard his call on the radio and worried and drove to the hospital. & # 39;
A woman in the overcrowded auditorium wipes away the tears while prayers were said for the 11 people who died during the shooting of Ian David Long
Outside the hall, people knelt around candles during a separate vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly shooting
Friends and family could comfort each other during the emotionally charged open air ceremony to remember the victims
Ventura County sheriff Geoff Dean, who lost one of his officers during the massacre, told the moment that he was the husband Sgt his wife. Ron Helus was shot and killed
& # 39; And when I told her that we had lost her hero, I said to her: & # 39; Ron saved many lives, "said Dean. & # 39; And she looked at me through her tears and said: & # 39; He would have wanted it that way, because he had everything to do with the ultimate sacrifice. & # 39;
Hannah Williams, 20, from Simi Valley, lost her best friend Kristina Morisette, a 20-year-old Borderline cashier, with whom she had been friends since first grade.
Williams and other friends and family of Morisette were close to the stage and held a poster with #KristinaStrong.
Outside the wake, Williams remembered how excited Morisette had been the last days after his return from Texas, where she was doing an internship with a police dog.
Williams said that Morisette would have been touched to see so many of her friends, family, and members of the community come together.
& # 39; She would see how many people loved her, & # 39; said Williams, fighting against tears. She had the biggest heart and gave it to everyone, and she deserves to give it to her. & # 39;
"I know her all my life", Williams said. & # 39; She was my eternal friend. & # 39;
Commander Tim Hagel, police chief of the city of Thousand Oaks, is comforted by a friend during a vigil for the victims of the mass shooting
Friends and relatives of the victims turned out their respect for the victims of the tragic shootings of Wednesday night
According to the police, the bar was full of students who enjoyed a night of dancing in the country-themed & # 39; when the recordings took place on Wednesday