On Thursday night several thousand mourners gathered for a candlelight and prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting. The victims were from Southern California and ranged in age from 26 to 60.
Leaders from several religions paid tribute to the 14 dead and 21 injured at a minor-league baseball park in San Bernardino, the city where a gunman and his wife opened fire at a holiday party a day earlier. The city’s Mayor Carey Davis pleaded with everyone gathered to “dedicate and commit ourselves to strengthen our families to overcome.”
The ceremony ended with a reading of the names of the dead, and with the candle-lit crowd joining in the singing of “God Bless America.” Muslims gathering at one of Southern California’s largest mosques have denounced Wednesday’s massacre, which occurred only about two dozen miles away.
About 200 people met at the mosque in Chino on Thursday night as well for a prayer vigil and to send a message that Ahsan Khan described as “love for all, hatred for none.” Group spokesman Amjad Mahmood Khan cautioned that no one yet knows the motives of the killers and can’t presume it was faith-driven.
However he said the “radicalization of Muslim youth is a problem.” In regards to updates in the case, law enforcement official say authorities are currently looking for a man who bought two rifles used in the same Southern California attack that killed 14 people.
Authorities have also said two pistols and two rifles they carried were bought legally more than three years ago. Farook bought the pistols, but a man authorities won’t identify bought the rifles.
It’s not known if the man was acting on Farook’s behalf when he bought the weapons or if they were stolen and then used in the attack. The official confirmed that the guns were all purchased in California.
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