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Roseburg comes together to begin the healing process after UCC shooting

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ROSEBURG, OR (KPTV) -

The grieving process for those lost at the shooting at Umpqua Community College will be long and it will be difficult, but the community of Roseburg is coming together in ways big and small.

Like so many other students, freshman Keegan Lally was simply in class on what should have been a normal Thursday when his class heard the shooting.

"They thought they had heard nail guns going off because there's a construction site going on there at the same time,” he said. “And then everybody stood in the classroom until authorities came and took us out."

In those frantic moments, they left everything behind, and Friday, hundreds of people poured into the Douglas County fairgrounds to be bussed back to UCC for the first time to get their abandoned cars.

They were met by grief counselors, a therapy dog and chaplain Jim Fields.

"We're just here to provide whatever comfort and care to help with the grief process that we can," Fields explained. "It's obviously traumatic, the grief is going to last a while, we understand that."

But in the grief, there are coming signs of love. Signs outside local businesses show support for the school and town, while former UCC student Brody Jansen shared his thoughts in song, rapping, “To the loved ones that he took, you're in our prayers so rest in peace. You stood up for our city and all the things that you believe."

At Java Run coffee, customers were "paying it forward" all day Friday, and leaving with a piece of Roseburg’s heart in the form of a sticker with a heart over the small Oregon town. Barista Destini Harris explained a regular customer left them to share.

“He's making them and so he's just donating them and bringing them in to us to hand out," she said.

Harris appreciates the gesture. She's a student at UCC, too.

It is the small things, like paying for the next customer in line or giving out stickers, which sometimes make the biggest difference. And there's no doubt we'll see even more of that in this community in the days and weeks to come.

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