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Solvang hosts candlelight vigil after Las Vegas mass shooting

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Dozens of people from all around the Central Coast came to Solvang Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

"Even though it's in another state, it's very close to us, and I think it's important we come together and acknowledge that we are here to support each other," said Eddie Sheuh of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. "There's people in our community who actually had people who were at the event."

Solvang resident Candace Villard decided to host the vigil after she found out her friend survived the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

"I'm thankful she made it out, but yet so saddened and my heart just breaks for everyone else who lost their lives," said Villard, a Solvang resident.   

Also in attendance, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Crisis Intervention Team and the Santa Barbara Response Network, bringing volunteers and service dogs to help console those who need support. 

"We are happy to be out here and we love our community. We wanted to show we are just people, too," said Dennis Thomas, a senior deputy with the sheriff's office.

Speakers gave thoughts and prayers and reminded people to always keep that flicker of hope in the face of tragedy.

"My hope is that when people leave here tonight, that they will carry this with them," said Reverend Chris Brown of Bethania Lutheran Church. 

Volunteers with the Santa Barbara Response Network urge anyone who may need help during this tragic time to contact them here.

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