Thousands pack San Bernardino stadium to mourn victims

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Thousands of people packed into a stadium in San Bernardino Thursday for a candlelight vigil to mourn the 14 people killed in a mass shooting Wednesday.

At the stadium built to hold 8,000 people, it was standing-room only as people gathered to remember those who died, support those fighting for their lives and to find healing.

“For something like this to happen at a regional center, it’s just really sad,” said Ron Polikoff, a client of the Inland Regional Center where the shooting happened.

He said he attended the vigil to honor the victims, but also because he hoped to find answers.

“I’m looking for my worker,” Polikoff said. “It would be nice to find her tonight and just know she’s OK and I just feel really sad for her and I want to find her.”

Outside the stadium, Sara Natour put aside her fears to show others all who are of Muslim faith are not evil.

“I know people will attack me for my religion,” Natour said. “All I can do is show my support to the victims and hope that people will understand I have a heart and I have nothing to do with this senseless act of terrorism.”

Another vigil was held Thursday night in Chino at the largest mosque in San Bernardino County.

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