Candlelight vigil at Cascades for ‘precious casualties’ in yoga studio shooting

Hundreds gathered during a cool Sunday evening at Cascades Park to remember the “precious casualties” of a shooting at a Tallahassee yoga studio last week. 

Acknowledging that mass shootings are happening with a “frightening frequency,” community leaders at the “Hope, Healing, Harmony” candlelight vigil focused on the lives and legacies of FSU student Maura Binkley and Dr. Nancy Van Vessem and the first responders who charged to the scene.

Van Vessem was remembered as a remarkable mother, sister, friend and physician who could have chosen anywhere to live, but she chose Tallahassee.

Binkley was remembered as a bright young scholar with her whole life ahead of her. “I can hear Maura’s voice and I hope you can too,” said her father, Jeff, urging the community to keep setting an example for the world of peace, love, and brotherhood among all.

“Thank God for the power of hope,” said Rev. R.B Holmes. “We will not allow anyone or anything to kill our hope.”

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