Thousands gather for candlelight vigil after weekend shooting - WNEM TV 5

Thousands gather for candlelight vigil after weekend shooting

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KALAMAZOO, MI (WNEM) -

Thousands of people came to downtown Kalamazoo to remember the victims killed over the weekend.

Only a couple of days have passed since the Kalamazoo community was stunned by a shooting rampage that claimed the lives on six people and left two injured.

The candlelight vigil saw thousands holding candles as they remembered the victims and prayed for peace.

"It was really cool to me getting to see our own little community so, so brought together by a single cause," said McLevy Strong-Morse, Kalamazoo resident.

McLevy Strong-Morse, 9, and his mother Anise Strong-Morse live in Kalamazoo and said they believe coming together is the greatest therapy.

"I think that is the scare, is that it can happen anywhere, even in a place like this, but I think tonight shows that we're also strong and better than that and this is still a place very much worth living," said Anise Strong-Morse.

Many people shared the same sentiment and said there's more power in love than anger.

"It speaks about the cohesiveness of Kalamazoo, the supportiveness of everyone," said resident Joan Oorbeck.

Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell said, "We want to show the world that this one episode is not indicative of this community, and we are a community greater than one incident that occurs."

The entire community prayed that tragedies, like the one of Saturday, would one day be a thing of the past.

"It was pretty bad, but I have a good feeling that someday, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but maybe someday we'll just form into one community brought on by one purpose of making worldwide peace," McLevy Strong-Morse said.

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