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Friends, family remember the victims of the UCC shooting, lean on each other for support

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ROSEBURG, OR (KPTV) -

The roads leading up to Umpqua Community College were still blocked off Friday evening, after the killing of nine people Thursday by a shooter who also died.

While the names of those people were announced Friday, people in the close knit small town of Roseburg found themselves grieving together.

The Pyrenees Vineyard in the rolling hills of Myrtle Creek was closed today as employees were in mourning after learning their beloved co-worker and friend Kim Dietz was one of the nine shooting victims.

Hortencia Madrigal is a student at UCC herself, and while is feeling grateful to still be alive and with her daughter, she shared her sadness on the loss of Dietz.

“She was a really sweet good lady, sweet lady, tried to help others, trying to do anything for everybody,” she said.

Madrigal’s family is reeling from this senseless loss of Dietz’s life, as well as someone else they loved.

“My friend’s daughter, she's only 19 years old, Lucero Alvarez, she lost her life, too,” Madrigal said. “I went two hours ago to see friend to her house. I cannot believe how she looks, she looks so bad, and I understand. And now this family. I can see them that way, too.”

Tonja Engel is also a mother who will never again see her son. She watched her son, Jason Johnson, head to college after turning his life around by earning his high school diploma through the Salvation Army’s rehab program.

But Johnson will never be home again.

“I found out that there had been a shooting and it had happening in the writing class, and my son was in the writing class. I knew he was in the writing class. When I found that out, I, I just prayed that he was alright,” Engel said. “When they drove in my driveway I could see they had shirts, ties and clipboards and I knew what they were coming to tell me.”

These families, like so many across the town of Roseburg, are still struggling to make sense of it all, wondering how they can all possibly move forward.

On the sidewalk outside of the school, the love rocks span dozens of feet, spelling out “HOPE UNITED LOVE.” They were brought Friday by the family and friends of Emilio Hoffman, who was killed in the Reynolds High School shooting last year, as a message of support from a family who knows what they're going through.

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