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48-hour vigil helps Roseburg residents cope with loss

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ROSEBURG, OR (KPTV) -

Roseburg area residents attended a roughly 48-hour vigil on the lawn of the Douglas County Courthouse, coming together to worship, pray, and take comfort in the wake of last week’s tragedy on the Umpqua Community College campus.

Haley Lamphere, a UCC student who was on campus at the time of the shooting, led several services at the vigil.

“I’m just now starting to come out of the numb stuff,” said Lamphere. “And so now I’m just starting to deal with it. It’s becoming real. Like this actually happened.”

Lamphere said she walked across an eerily quiet courtyard, apparently moments after the shooting. An instructor opened the door to a building and motioned her inside, saying there had been gunfire.

“I sprinted there as fast as I could,” said Lamphere. “I was thinking, I don’t want to get shot today.”

The day ended with ten people dead, including the shooter, and nine others injured. Lamphere said she didn’t know any of the victims personally, but has friends that do. At the vigil, she prayed for them, and the families of those injured and killed.

Lamphere said coming together and praying helps her cope, but truly recovering from what happened is going to take some time.

“I’m OK. I’m going to be OK. But I just hate it,” Lamphere said.

The vigil ended Monday morning, but Roseburg area churches are welcoming anyone who needs to talk to someone to come in for counseling.

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