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Santee Mayor Leads Informal Memorial on Tenth Anniversary of Santana Shooting

About 80 people gathered in front of the Santana campus Saturday morning

About 80 people gathered in front of the Santana campus Saturday at noon to take part in a heartfelt makeshift memorial on the ten-year anniversary of the led by Mayor Randy Voepel.

The shooting injured 13 and took the lives of two students, Randy Gordon and Bryan Zuckor, who Voepel refers to as the "City's Angels."

Those in attendance were given the opportunity to speak their mind publicly, but only one chose to, many were overcome with emotion. Voepel then led a short invocation, followed by Councilmember Rob McNelis reading the names of the injured and fallen. Two pastors then led a short sermon and prayer, for lack of a better word.

At least one other memorial had taken place on Saturday, along with the private memorial on campus Friday and people had been leaving flowers at the site all day.

The informal ceremony, , was finished with a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace.

Ben Renard March 06, 2011 at 05:00 AM
It was an honer for me to preform Amazing Grace to conclude this ceremony today. Thank you. Ben Renard Santana Class of 1997 Santee Resident
Kathy March 06, 2011 at 07:30 AM
I wish to Thank Steven Bartholow, Editor, Santee Patch Staff for video taping and most important to handle this with such dignity. I also wish to thank Mayor Voepel, Councilmember McNelis, Sonrise Church Senior Pastor and Ben Renard for their beautiful speakings, prayers and music. The bagpipes was an amazing touch and just brought me to tears. The Santee Community has survived this tragedy because we are a loving family community. I pray that all parents never turn a blind eye or a deaf ear, to our children, we are their protectors. To those who were shot, I will continue to pray for your strength, you have shown. To Randy and Bryan, Rest In Peace, you will always be in our hearts and memories.
Dolores Brown March 06, 2011 at 08:02 AM
It was a very touching memorial. Mayor Voepel did a wonderful job. And along with Kathy, I thank all for a job well done. Prayers will continue to go out to all those affected.
Earlene March 26, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Dear Mayor Voepel, may I please express my personal gratitude for having the guts to speak the name of God and Jesus, by praying a prayer at this most humble remembrance of the tragedy our community suffered 11 yrs. ago. There are those of us who haven't forgotten God, Jesus, or our founding fathers who expressed their prayers to our Creator when America was founded so many yrs. ago. We need more leaders who will speak up for what is right in this nation and not afraid to envoke HIS Name in public. Our Constitution has been misinterpreted and was never written to eliminate God from our Country, but rather written for each to worship as he/she sees fit. Thank you so much; your prayer to Him was beautiful and appropriate.
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