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Seven years after the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack, the pain hasn’t gone away.
“Grief has become part of our identity,” Erica Porteous, sister of Yvette Velasco, one of the 14 people killed in the shooting (including five CSUSB alumni), told those assembled at a memorial ceremony at Cal State San Bernardino’s Peace Garden on Friday, Dec. 2, the seventh anniversary of the attack.
At the start of Friday’s ceremony, Michael Nguyen, a former lecturer of Health Science and Human Ecology, rang the garden’s bell 14 times.
“With the right eyes, we can see them. With the right ears, we can hear their song,” William Van Dyke, a lecturer with the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology, told those assembled.
At the end of the ceremony, the garden bell was rung another 14 times. Then the clapper was removed, silencing the bell for another year.
Dec. 5, 2022
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