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Yakima vigil remembers victims of Arizona shooting

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YAKIMA, Wash- The shooting in Arizona has touched people all over the county including here in our area.  A group in Yakima gathered Saturday evening in a vigil for the victims. 

There was a great sense of sadness in the room, but on top of that there was also anger at an attack on innocent people and struggle to understand of what many feel was a senseless act.

The gathering this evening at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Yakima was small.  However the attendees used the intimate setting to express their feelings about today's events.  Tony Long, a teacher at Davis high school said he organized the vigil because he felt he needed to be surrounded by church members to get comfort but also to make a statement

"We abhor this kind of violence.  We want it to stop and we want people of good will and like minds to stand with us, to send a message beyond Yakima", says Long.

Many of the comments called for a more civilized political rhetoric in America.  And some commented that the heated political environment we've seen in the last few years have inspired people like today's shooter to commit acts of violence.

This was the first and only vigil in the area that we've been notified of so far, but with the outpourings of feelings about Saturday's events, it may not be the last.