Vigil to honor El Paso shooting victims planned for Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO — A community vigil honoring last week’s El Paso shooting victims is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday in Balboa Park, organizers said Saturday.

“We wanted to express our grief and be there for the community,” vigil organizer Jessica Yanez Perez said. “As a  border city with strong Latino heritage, we stand with El Paso and grieve with them.”

The two-hour event will be held outside the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park and will feature community speakers, a prayer vigil and biographies of the 22 victims of Aug. 3’s mass shooting, Perez said.

“This event is an opportunity to bring the community together as we mourn, remember and hopefully, in time, heal,” Perez said. “It’s our shared responsibility to speak out against white supremacy and intolerance, and to build an America where all of us are safe.”

A traditional mariachi band will perform at the vigil, she said. Attendees are encouraged to bring candles and posters.

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