Las Vegas shooting: Victims remembered at vigils in Jacksonville, Orlando

by: Michael Yoshida, Action News Jax Updated:

On Tuesday night, people from across the state came together to remember those impacted by the Las Vegas massacre.

From North Florida and down to Orlando, signs of solidarity could be seen across Florida.

University of North Florida students showed their support with a candlelight vigil organized by the Muslim Student Association. 

“We just wanted to remember the people that were lost,” UNF student Areej Khokhar said.

As of late Tuesday night, 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured in the attack. One of those injured was University of Florida law student Kristin Babik. The Gainesville native was shot in the back; she’s now recovering in the hospital. 

“Somebody has to speak out against this. Somebody has to take a stand against this so it’s not acceptable. Because it’s almost commonplace, we can’t let it be commonplace,” student Abubakr Hassan said.

It was last year in Orlando when gun violence struck at the Pulse Night Club. On Tuesday, those all too familiar with that pain and terror showed their support in Orlando, even signing personal notes on a banner to be sent to Vegas.

A sign of unity and love in the face of hate and terror.

“It doesn’t matter if the person was Muslim, if they were Christian, if they were atheist, it doesn’t matter what race they are … honestly terrorism is terrorism,” Khokhar said.

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