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Community hosting events to remember the victims of the Isla Vista tragedy

Candlelight vigil will take place at 7:00 p.m.

Community hosting events to remember...

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - A candlelight vigil remembering will take place tonight at Anisq'Oyo' Park in Isla Vista to honor those who were injured or killed in the college town 3 years ago today.

A group called 'Isla Vista Strong' is hosting the event at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. People are asked to join students and community members in remembering the victims and acknowledging the many ways the community has come together in solidarity.

On May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, a 22-year-old killed six people and injured fourteen others before taking his own life.

Various events have been held and will take place in Isla Vista during the month of May to remember the students. Earlier this month, community members strung up blue LED lights around Isla Vista to symbolize "solidarity through light."  A few days later, students folded 1,000 paper cranes and displayed them in the Student Resource Building to commemorate the victims.

On Monday, a group of graduate students, librarians and a doctoral candidate held a panel for the Isla Vista Memorial Archive project which showed photograps of items left at different memorial sites following the tragic night.

On Tuesday, students were encouraged to wear blue and gold or any Gaucho gear to show unity.

On Wednesday, the UC Santa Barbara Surf Team is hosting the "Fourth Isla Vista Memorial Paddle Out" at Depressions Beach. The paddle out is a way for those in the surf or ocean community to celebrate the victims of May 23, 2014.

A list of events include:

  • Chilla Vista x Lite the Nite 2017
    - May 6, Noon-11pm, People’s Park, Isla Vista -
    Blue LED lights in the community of Isla Vista during the month of May symbolize solidarity through light.

  • Folding Cranes for Peace and Unity: We Remember
    - May 8-12, 11am-2pm Daily, Student Resource Building, Room 1104 and Forum -In remembrance of the 2014 Isla Vista tragedy, UCSB Nikkei Student Union is hosting a week-long event to fold 1000 cranes which will be displayed on campus in the Student Resource Building beginning May 22 to commemorate the victims of this tragic event

  • Isla Vista Conference: The Beloved Community (Second Annual)
    - May 19 (Art Show and Reception) IV Community Resource Building -
    - May 20 (Conference and Workshops) Embarcadero Hall, IV -
    This conference will work toward our collective understanding of Isla Vista and commitment to our beloved community covering a range of topics important to the Isla Vista community. Free and open to everyone. REGISTER HERE: http://ourislavista.com/

  • Documenting Our Community Healing: Responses to the May 23, 2014 Isla Vista Tragedy
    - May 22, 5:30-7:00pm, UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater -
    Panelists from the May 23, 2014 Isla Vista Memorial Archive project will show photographs from the collection that documents the many ways our community came together through planned and unplanned memorial activities to help each other heal. A catered reception will follow the panel.

  • SHOW YOUR PRIDE DAY
    - May 23, All Day -
    Wear blue and gold or any Gaucho gear and show the world how #GauchoStrong we are. Share your photos in the event page and celebrate in unity with our global Gaucho community!

  • We Remember: A Candlelight Vigil for the Community
    - May 23, 7:00-9:00pm, Anisq’Oyo’ Park, Isla Vista -
    Join students and community members in remembering those who died and were injured in 2014 and acknowledging the many ways our community has been strengthened through adversity.

  • Fourth Isla Vista Memorial Paddle Out
    - May 24, 6:00pm, Depressions Beach -
    The paddle out is a time-honored way for those in the surf/ocean community to celebrate the life of a fallen friend. Organized by the UC Santa Barbara Surf Team, this event will bring the community together for a floating memorial to remember those we lost on May 23, 2014.


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