VIDEO: Grief and outrage at vigil for Langley shooting victims

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About 200 people, many holding candles, took part in a moment of silence at a Wednesday night (August 3) vigil in Langley City for the victims of last week’s shooting. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Robert Osborne said at a Wednesday evening (August 3) vigil in Langley City for the victims of last week's shooting that he knew one of the men who died.  Robert Osborne said at a Wednesday evening (August 3) vigil in Langley City for the victims of last week’s shooting that he knew one of the men who died. “He had a heart of gold,” Osborne recalled. “He didn’t deserve it.” (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Jean Moulton made a heartfelt plea for better treatment of the homeless at a Wednesday night (August 3) vigil in Langley City for the victims of last week's shooting.  About 200 people attended.  (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)Jean Moulton made a heartfelt plea for better treatment of the homeless at a Wednesday night (August 3) vigil in Langley City for the victims of last week’s shooting. About 200 people attended. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Nearly 200 people attended a vigil for victims of the Langley shooting Wednesday night (August 3) in Langley City.

Organized by Langley City and Township at Innes Corners Plaza, the event heard people express their grief, shock and outrage at the shooting which targeted homeless people, killing two people and sending two others to the hospital before police killed the suspected shooter.

The Mayor of the Town of Langley, Val van den Broek, and the Acting Mayor of the Township of Langley, Petrina Arnason, both spoke about the need to take concrete action against homelessness.

Speaking to loved ones of the victims, van den Broek said Paul David Wynn, 60, and Steven Furness, 43, the two men who died, “will live on in our hearts and in our deeds, I promise you that”.

“People shouldn’t live on the streets like animals,” van den Broek said, “it’s so wrong.”

Arnason also called for change, saying “we need to do more, we will do more, but I want you to know that everyone is coming together as a community to share the grief and the burden of this situation.”

One of the people who spoke was Robert Osborne, who knew Furness.

Osborne said Furness had his issues, but “he had a heart of gold”.

“He didn’t deserve this,” Osborne said.

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Langley City resident Heather Hogarth was looking for her homeless son when she walked past Innes Corners Plaza, saw the vigil and decided to speak out.

“My son was shot twice,” Hogarth revealed, “within a year of each other.”

“I got lucky, twice.”

After speaking, Hogarth told the Langley Advance Times that her son, who is partially paralyzed from his gunshot wounds, was nearby when one of the shootings occurred.

“He was right there,” Hogarth said, pointing to the parking lot where a person was seriously injured.

Heather Hogarth said at a Wednesday night (August 3) vigil in Langley City for victims of last week's shooting that her homeless son was shot twice in a year and survived.

Heather Hogarth said at a Wednesday night (August 3) vigil in Langley City for victims of last week’s shooting that her homeless son was shot twice in a year and survived. “I got lucky, twice,” she says. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Jean Moulton called the shooting “terrible” and made a heartfelt plea for better treatment of the homeless, reminding the public that they are all someone’s child.

“Give them some compassion, they’re human beings,” Moulton said.

Langley Vineyard pastor Leith White has opened up about losing his brother two years ago.

“He had spent most of his life on the streets,” White said, telling families “I understand what you’re going through and my heart is breaking.”

Kim Snow, founder of the charity Kimz Angels which helps the needy and homeless in Langley, called for action.

“It’s too late for forgiveness,” Snow said, “it’s time to do something about it.”

The two MPs from Langley spoke. Langley – Aldergrove Conservator Tako van Popta called the targeting of homeless people “completely unacceptable” and thanked police and first responders for protecting the community. Cloverdale – Langley City Liberal MP John Aldag said Langley “had a bad time inflicted on him”, adding “we need more, and we need more now”.

Other photos from the Wednesday vigil can be viewed online at Langley Advance Times Facebook Page.

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