Six candles [more were added later as people showed up] are lit on the ground at the corners of a rose mosaic that's the floor of a gazebo. Two white-colored posts are in the background. Further in the background, in the dark, is a building with four windows.Local News & Events

Eugene Community Holds Vigil in Solidarity With Portland Shooting Victims

On Feb. 20, members of the Eugene community came together at the Owen Rose Garden to hold space in solidarity with Portland following a shooting at a protest for Amir Locke the night prior. At the beginning of the march, one person was killed and five were wounded, including the shooter.

One of the two banners hangs from the gazebo at Owen Rose Garden. [James Croxton // Double Sided Media]

The group of 40-50 people slowly arrived to the rose garden’s gazebo where several candles had been placed in a circle. Battling the cold breeze, nearly every person who was in attendance had a chance to re-light one of them, and many did.

Keeping the group of community members warm was both both SolidariTea and the Neighborhood Anarchist Collective who provided hot tea and coffee.

A large banner hangs from the gazebo at Owen Rose Garden. [James Croxton // Double Sided Media]

Around 7:30 p.m., the group, which had mostly stood around the gazebo looking in towards the candles, began to form their own smaller groups, with many rekindling friendships made during the protests of the last two years. At the same time, folks began to stream out into the night.

Eugene stands in solidarity with Portland.

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