Vigil in memory of Gonzalez planned for tonight

Mark Rivera

The San Diego City College community is holding a candlelight vigil tonight Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. to honor student Diana Gonzalez who was slain on campus on Oct. 12.

“[The vigil] is really coming from a place of love,” Dean of Student Affairs Diane Whisenhunt said. “Students are grieving, as are staff, faculty and the entire campus community.”

Campus organizations such as the Associated Student Government, the Visionary Feminist Group, the Inter Club Council and Bringing Education and Activism Together (BEAT) will be present at the vigil.

According to Whisenhunt, during the event there will be speakers and booths dedicated to informing students on ways to protect themselves from domestic violence.

BEAT adviser Larissa Dorman said there will also be discussions on the the need for a women’s resource center, safe zones on campus and the impact of budget cuts on domestic-violence resources.

“We as a campus will move forward together to prevent this type of thing from happening again,” Dorman said. “This senseless brutal murder cannot be tolerated.”