SANTA CLARITA — Thousands of people gathered Sunday at a city park to hold a candlelight vigil to remember two students shot and killed by a classmate at Saugus High School as investigators try to determine what prompted the deadly attack that left three other teens wounded.
The brother of one of the two students killed told people at the vigil in Central Park that his sister 15-year-old Gracie Anne Muehlberger “was the best sister ever. You always put a smile on my face.”
Riley Muehlberger shared fond memories of his sister’s birthday party and how she would talk to him about her life at school.
“I watched you grow up more and more every day. You said you looked up to me when I graduated from Saugus,” he said.
Angie Davidson, an aunt of 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell, said his death has devastated the family. Davidson was surrounded by other family members, several who were crying, as she spoke.
“He’s gone forever. We are broken,” Davidson said. “Please remember the two precious lives that we lost.”
Dominic Blackwell was an ROTC student at Saugus. Two of his fellow ROTC cadets remembered him as a fun-loving and helpful classmate.
Saugus Principal Vince Perry told the crowd at the vigil that the event was a moment to grieve.
“We are here to grieve the loss of two teenagers, two friends, two students, two siblings and two children,” he said
Joann Garcia said she came to the vigil at Central Park shaken but determined to help the community heal from the shooting at Saugus High School.
“It’s very hard. We thought that this would never happen here. It has affected everybody,” she said. “We are all uniting.”
Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean touched on the theme of the vigil in her remarks. “Tonight and every day we are Saugus strong,” she said.
Saugus High School will remain closed until Dec. 2, but counselors will be available to help students cope with their grief, said school district officials.