Vigil for Victims and Survivors of the Las Vegas Shooting
Manhattan Beach Vigil (Photo credit: Assembly District 66 Staff)
On October 4 I stood alongside survivors, victims’ families and hundreds of Manhattan Beach residents to remember those we lost in the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas. Manhattan Beach lost two incredible public servants that day: Manhattan Beach Police Department records specialist, Rachel Parker and Manhattan Beach Unified special education teacher, Sandy Casey. Manhattan Beach Police Officer Chad Swanson was injured during the shooting while helping get others to safety.
Lisa Patterson, a loving mother and cherished member of the Lomita community, was tragically killed in the Las Vegas shooting. In true Lomita spirit, I joined “The Friendly City” on October 5 to honor Lisa’s life with a candlelight vigil at city hall. The emotional ceremony came to a close with a heart-wrenching rendition of “America the Beautiful,” sung by all of those in attendance.
In the wake of this tragedy, we have demonstrated that we are resilient and we are committed to one another. I am so encouraged by the outpouring of kindness and support I have seen in response to this dark event.