Hundreds gather on campus of UC San Diego for vigil honoring murder victims at UC Santa Barbara

San Diego mourners include many alumni of UCSB

SAN DIEGO - A candlelight vigil was held Monday evening on the campus of the University of California at San Diego as a show of solidarity and caring for the UCSD sister campus at Santa Barbara.

Hundreds came together to light candles and say prayers. UCSD undergraduate Mina Nilchian was one of the organizers. 

"Their world is crumbling and I think it's easy to forget that there is good in the world and a gesture as simple as this reminds them there is a community that supports them through this grief and feels their pain," she said.

Several in the crowd were alumni of UC Santa Barbara, still in shock over the tragedy of Friday night when a depressed young man stabbed three men to death in his apartment and then killed three other students and injured 13 more people in a crazed rampage in the town of Isla Vista that included driving his car into people and firing guns into the night.

UCSB alumna Whitney Seymour told 10News, "Unreal, it's such a happy place. I don't know. It's such a tragedy. It's super unsettling."

Another of the many UCSB alumni joining the vigil was Meredith Louden. 

"It's really touching … I feel so much support from the UC community," she said. "It was unexpected and really heartwarming. The whole community has come together in this time we're so deeply saddened and hopefully these vigils will help us move forward in our time of mourning."

With candles burning, a few words of hope were spoken and then came a silent march across campus. Reaching Revelle Plaza, the somber gathering listened to a few personal thoughts.

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