Gilroy community trying to heal after Garlic Festival shooting


A community was healing Monday, after a shooter killed three people at the Gilroy Garlic Festival the day before.

Police said 19-year-old Santino Legan opened fire on the crowd, before he was shot and killed by officers.

Hundreds of people turned out for a vigil Monday night outside Gilroy’s City Hall. Many said they’re hurting right now, but they’ll come back from this stronger.

“We’ll grow stronger through this. We’ll be better because of it. Not bitter because of it,” said one speaker.

“I’m in shock. I mean this doesn’t even feel real,” Chris Cid who lives near the festival said.

Like many Cid was shaken and shocked something like this happened.

“Especially in a little town like ours. We’ve been going to this festival since I was a little kid. Never in my life would I think something like this would happen,” he said.

David Almeida planned the event he said he wanted to help his town heal.

“The community needed a day to process collectively to wrap our heads around what happened,” Almeida said.

He said the massive turnout took him by surprise. “I definitely expected my neighborhood and my neighbors to come out . But I didn’t expect the whole city to come out. So that felt really good,” he said.

Bay Area leaders and other speakers addressed the crowd with messages of solidarity.

“You can’t let something fearful like this stop you from living your daily lives. I know it’s a very rough day today. But I know we’ll all get through it,” Cid said.

There were several other vigils throughout the community organizers said there will be another one Thursday.

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April 29 2021 12:00 am

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