Thousands Attend Student-organized Candlelight Vigil

By Annemarie Mountz, Penn State

This is the view from the Old Main bell tower of the crowd assembled for the candlelight vigil held Friday. (Photo by Annemarie Mountz)

UNIVERSITY PARK — Thousands of Penn State students and members of the Penn State community gathered on the Old Main lawn on Friday night for a Candlelight Vigil for Abused Victims.

The vigil, organized by students, was intended to have the Penn State community ‘come together as the family we are and show our unconditional support and sympathy for these victims,’ according to the Facebook page created for the event.

During the half-hour event, they heard from a variety of speakers, including someone who herself was a victim of abuse, along with student leaders and former Penn State football player LaVar Arrington, who delivered a message of healing to the crowd.

“We Are Penn State, and that will never change,” Arrington told the crowd. “Let’s make tonight the starting point of setting the standard once more, once again.”

For photos from the event, visit online.

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