Memorial service for shooting victims
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- As the Binghamton Community continues to recover from the violent events that have shocked and horrified the city, three groups believed it was important to put together a candlelight memorial on the BU campus, even though most students are away for spring break.
“We felt that this event was needed to give a human face for us to meet and see each other and talk to each other. There is a power in numbers, if people see that a group of us are together, observing something that happened to us in a community, it really helps, "said Jessie Kapasula.
The Southern Tier Culture Association along with the Chinese Students and Scholars Association and the Graduation Student Organization, collaborated on the event
As people came out to mourn the loss of the fourteen who died, organizers say they saw a group that was still standing tall, despite being shocked to its core.
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"They're really strong. They stand on their own. I'm proud of them. I believe it will ache a while for people to go on with their daily life, to feel calm," said Xibai Gao.
White flowers were distributed to honor the victims. What they did with those flowers at the end of the memorial was for many, the most emotional scene of the night.
"When I saw this part, when people placed their flowers in the middle circle, I was really moved. We impress our sincere comforts to those victims who are probably looking at us from the heavens, and it really touched my heart," said Han Yan.
The groups also took donations, which will go directly to the victims and their families.