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Stand Together With Isla Vista
updated: May 24, 2014, 12:40 PM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Our hearts and thoughts are with the students and residents of Isla Vista as the recent tragedy unfolds. It reminds us that Santa Barbara is one community and we stand with you in solidarity.

We want to take this time to remember the victims and survivors of this unfathomable event. So often the focus is on the criminal and the motive, which is understandably part of journalism, but this thread is specifically for those that were affected and lost their lives.

We are wishing the families and friends of the victims, residents, and all community members, profound peace and healing. This is a tragic loss for a small town, we are all affected. Stand together with edhat to support the Isla Vista community.

UPDATE: View photos from the vigil here.
A candle light vigil will be held on Saturday, May 24th at 7:30pm on UCSB's campus at Storke Tower. View more details on Facebook.

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Below are statements released from the community:

Source: UCSB

Our campus community is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred last night in the nearby community of Isla Vista. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families who are grieving and mourning as a result of this tragedy.

We have been working throughout the night to provide support to our students and community. Those efforts will continue today and throughout the coming days and weeks. In addition to counseling services, the University is providing temporary housing for displaced students.

We are grateful to the first responders who handled the incident, including the sheriff’s department and UCSB officers. The investigation is ongoing and we will continue to work with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Barbara County officials and our colleagues at Santa Barbara City College.

Source: Santa Barbara City College

Our hearts are aching as we learn about the tragedy that unfolded in Isla Vista last night. There are no words to express the sadness we have for the victims and their families and for all the residents of Isla Vista. We know our students co-mingle with UCSB students and Isla Vista residents as part of our greater community and we all, as an extended family, are impacted by this unimaginable event. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement and, for that reason, are not able to provide additional information at this time.

Further, we are coordinating with UCSB to provide counseling and support to our students. We are also mobilizing to provide counseling and support next week on campus to our SBCC students who seek such service. And we are arranging for grief counseling for any employee who wishes to access such services.

SBCC President Lori Gaskin said, “In times of tragedy, we need to turn to each other for support, care for each other as we grieve for the victims, and pull together in compassion and strength.”

Source: Representative Lois Capps

"My heart is broken over the shooting in Isla Vista last night and the lives it claimed. Our community is grieving and many people are hurting from this senseless tragedy. Isla Vista is a special place, and an important part of our Central Coast community. We all join you in mourning and our prayers are with you. "We've endured too many tragedies as a nation over the past few years. But now is a time for us to pray and to come together as a community. May God bless the memory of these victims, give strength to those who were injured, and support all who are touched by this unconscionable act."

Source: Michael T. Bennett, City of Goleta Mayor

“We are distressed by the horrible events that occurred in Isla Vista last night and offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this senseless tragedy. We hope for a quick recovery for the physically injured and emotionally wounded. The City of Goleta has offered and will continue to provide assistance to law enforcement, the University, and the County as they process this incident and provide support to those affected. Let’s keep the community in our prayers as we deal with this horrific situation.”

Source: Isla Vista Church Pastor, Jason Lomelino

Shocked by the mass shooting that left seven dead and seven hospitalized on Friday night in Isla Vista, Jason Lomelino, pastor of Isla Vista Church since 2001, has his church family ready to assist anyone in need of prayer in the aftermath of the tragic event.

“Isla Vista Church expresses its deep sorrow over the events that occurred last night,” said pastor Lomelino. “This is our city, and we are heartbroken by the tragedy that took place on our streets. We are there to minister to them in whatever way they need.”

Isla Vista Church is making many of its members available throughout the weekend for students who would like to receive prayer or need to talk. The church has a ministry house at 6686 Del Playa, where church members will be available.

The Church, through its Jesus Burgers outreach, distributes around 150 hamburgers each week from their ministry house, located on IV’s main party street, Del Playa Drive. Once a week, Jason and the Isla Vista Church family serve burgers with a mustard cross and a ketchup heart to hundreds in Isla Vista. “We offer a safe place to come and talk, and we offer that now more than ever to anybody in need,” said Lemolino.

Source: State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

“As the horrors of this tragedy continue to unfold, I join the community in mourning the tragic and senseless loss of life as the result of last night’s shootings. My prayers go out to the family members of those who lost their lives, and to those who were injured and continue to fight for their recovery today. My prayers go out to the entire community. I know this tragedy will remain in our thoughts and lives for days and years to come.

I am grateful for the tremendous efforts of the sheriff’s department, the police department and first responders, students, and university and healthcare leaders, whose actions remind us how important our common bonds of humanity are in times like these. Isla Vista and the entire community, please know that as we spend the next days and weeks asking 'why?' and 'what could we have done?' together, know that we grieve with you, and that you are not alone.

At times like this, we need to come together to share our grief and comfort each other. We must recommit to treating each other with kindness and compassion, and strive to ensure that incidents like this never happen again.”

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.

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