Hundreds gather to pay tribute to San Bernardino terror attack victims

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- Hundreds of people came together at Calstate San Bernardino Monday night to pay tribute to the victims of last week's terror attack.

John Lennon's "Imagine" echoed through the commons on campus as a call for peace after last week's terror attack just a few miles away.

Students, faculty and community members got together for the candlelight vigil as all were still healing from the massacre.

Professor Dany Doueiri told the crowd the killing of 14 innocent lives was an attack not just on San Bernardino but all of humanity.

Many students and residents said they never thought San Bernardino would be targeted, but they don't want fear to interfere with their daily lives.

"Coming here, it just reassured me that fear is no longer there, that every single student, faculty, staff, everyone on this campus, we have each other's back," said Diana Chapero, a CSUSB student.

At Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, members of different churches in the Inland Empire came together for an interfaith prayer vigil. Bishop Gerald Barnes encouraged the faithful to be committed workers for justice and peace and thanked the first responders for their service.

"You have witnessed this horrible tragedy and our prayers are for your healing, and our prayers are in thanksgiving to you," Bishop Barnes said.

By joining together in prayer or by candlelight for a moment of silence, people hoped to begin the process of healing and building a greater sense of unity.

"Looking back, it will always hurt us more and more, we'll still have those feelings for everyone," said Mohammad Alsultan, a student. "But feeling it together is the most important thing."
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