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Commentary: In Santa Clarita, grace, not anger, fuels the healing process

The massive vigil at Santa Clarita's Central Park on Sunday night had the fervor of a church revival and the trappings of a pep rally. There were tears and cheers, prayers to heal the community and promises to never forget.

In the days since two Saugus High students were shot to death and three wounded by a gun-wielding schoolmate, Santa Clarita's schools may have been closed but its churches were open and busy.

Churches, cathedrals and synagogues became impromptu gathering spots for heartsick residents. They offered more than spiritual guidance; they ministered to practical needs.

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