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Santa Barbara Candlelight Vigil to be Held

Local feminist publication MISS'ING Magazine is holding a candlelight vigil to remember those lost in the recent Santa Barbara Shootings. The event will focus in particular on the women killed and wounded on the UCSB campus.  Organizer Tyler Simons says since shooter Elliot Rodger was motivated by women "rejecting" him, it is very much a feminist issue. 

"Essentially, what we hope to do is create a space for processing the event for other survivors of both partner violence, sexual violence, male and female violence, in general, violence committed by people in authority against those who are not," he said.    

While the subject of gun violence will be discussed, Simons reiterates that the vigil will emphasize healing. 

“He left a very long and very storied digital trail of misogynistic rants as well as a racist rant.  While that is true, we’d rather focus on the victims themselves to humanize them, to give them a space in the spotlight, which has not been afforded to them by a lot of the media.”

The vigil will take place in Lexington's Woodland Park Friday at 8:00 PM.  Additional information is available on the event's Facebook page.

Chase Cavanaugh first got on the air as a volunteer reader for Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a local news service for the visually impaired. He began reporting for WUKY in February 2012, after receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.