By K. Austria
Last Saturday, November 14th, a candle light vigil was held in front of San Jose City Hall to commemorate the lives lost in acts of violence. The vigil did not only pay tribute to victims of violence, but also the families of these victims who were mourning the loss of their loved ones. The event was put together by Elsa Lopez, the founder of the organization “From the Streets to the Grave”. During the vigil, Lopez as well as many others shared the names and stories of the loved ones they had lost. “This vigil is not just for those who have lost someone due to acts of violence. The holidays are coming up and that’s a very difficult time for families who have lost loved ones, whether it’s from violence, illness, or any other means.” There were also a variety of hymns sung throughout the vigil, in both Spanish and English.