After School Shooting, Santa Clarita Begins Long Process of Healing
At a vigil Sunday, thousands of Santa Clarita residents gathered to mourn the loss of two students killed in a mass shooting at Saugus High School.
“Tonight and every day, we are Saugus strong," Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean told the crowd.
"I can think of no better better way to show the rest of the nation tonight as we light up well over ten thousands glow sticks, the colors of Saugus High School," added Mayor Pro Tem Cameron Smyth (CBS).
The two students killed by their 16-year-old classmate on Thursday have been identified as 15-year-old Gracie Anne Muehlberger and 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell. One boy has been released from the hospital and two girls remained hospitalized in good condition as of Saturday. The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Classes at Saugus High have been suspended until Dec. 2. Police say they are still searching for a motive.
Santa Clarita is about 42 miles from Thousand Oaks, where a shooter opened fire on a bar and grill almost exactly one year ago. As the residents of that city can attest, the healing process is long, difficult, and never fully complete.