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Hundreds pay tribute to victims of Clackamas Town Center shooting one year later

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HAPPY VALLEY, OR (KPTV) -

One year ago Wednesday, a community was forever changed, after a masked gunman opened fire on a crowd of thousands of people inside Clackamas Town Center.

Two were killed in the gunfire, Cindy Yuille and Steve Forsyth.

Kristina Shevchenko, was also shot, but survived.

Jacob Roberts, 22, was the man who opened fire with his semi-automatic rifle before killing himself. One year later, investigators still haven't found a motive.

Hundreds came out to pay tribute by lighting candles in the courtyard of Clackamas Town Center. The crowd gathered just outside of the Macy's and the mall's food court where the gunfire first erupted.

After a difficult year of healing, the group said they found strength in each other.

"One year ago today, at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, our family's lives were changed forever by a senseless man armed with an assault rifle," said Paul Kemp, brother-in-law of Steve Forsyth.

The emotional scars of what happened in Clackamas Town Center is forever marked in their minds.

"I don't know how to express the depth of how much we miss my mom every day," said Cindy Yuille's daughter, Jenna Passalacqua. "My mom was absolutely amazing."

Family of Cindy Yuille and Steve Forsyth expressed their deepest thanks to those who've supported them this past year, but say they still find it difficult to put into words just how much they miss them both.

"It's been hard trying to move on without my mom," said Hunter Yuille. "I've been told what it's like to lose someone close to you, but I never thought it would happen to me."

The pain these families feel about this senseless act of violence is still raw, they say, especially when they think about Jacob Roberts.

"I have no sorrow and no compassion. There's no forgiveness," said Cindy Yuille's husband, Robert Yuille. "His name has not been mentioned since he shot and killed himself, and he will be forever forgotten and will certainly burn in hell."

Among the crowd was Kristina Shevchenko, the brave teenage girl who came face-to-face with Roberts and fought to survive after being shot.

Surrounded by family, she, too, lit a candle, a symbol of hope.

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