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Vigil held in Portland to remember UCC shooting victims

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A vigil was held in Portland on Thursday night for the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting.

The vigil took place on the steps of City Hall. 

Mayor Charlie Hales said he organized the vigil to show that people in Portland are outraged by this senseless violence, and stand in support of the victims and their families.

"We are here simply to say to Roseburg, City of Roseburg and Roses, one community and we are with you," said Mayor Hales.

About 100 or so people gathered outside of City Hall to light candles in remembrance of those killed in this morning's shooting. 

The vigil began with music played by members of the Oregon Symphony and continued on with several speakers. 

The crowd hearing from both city and faith leaders calling for change, and calling on people to stand together during this time.

"I decided to come to the vigil tonight because I grew up in Winston, which is just a stones throw from Roseburg. This is really close to home, my mom still lives there. It's been a rough day, focus on self, family and friends, work through it," said Joe Ortis.

At the end of the vigil, the mic was opened up to people in the crowd. Many called on lawmakers to listen to their cries for change.

The group also sent all of their love and support to the people of Roseburg.

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