One by one, they lit their candles.
More than 150 people gathered in Turlington Plaza on Monday night in response to the shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and others.
The candlelit vigil was hosted by the University of Florida’s Black Student Union to remember those who died in senseless shootings since 2010.
“It’s a very diverse campus, and there’s a lot of different people here with a lot of different backgrounds,” said Daniel Bencivenga, a UF student. “It’s good that we can all get together.”
Monday night’s vigil was the second gathering held at Turlington in as many weeks.
Dwayne Fletcher, treasurer for UF’s Black Student Union, hopes it is the last.
“At the end of the day, we really are one community and we will stand together,” Fletcher said. “We’re willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that this issue isn’t recurring.”