Organizers estimated more than 2,000 students and Isla Vistans filled People’s Park in Isla Vista Saturday night, playing carnival games, winning prizes and listening to the electronic thumps of multiple DJs.
Blunite and UCSB Ambience hosted Lite the Nite for students and local residents to celebrate the lives of six UCSB students who were killed in Isla Vista by a Santa Barbara City College student on May 23, 2014.
The hundreds of lights in the park Saturday were meant to illuminate “the path between us in light of the darkness that fell over our community in 2014,” according to Blunite’s Facebook page. Read more about what the event means to the organizers here.
Photos by Spencer Brandt and Francisco Barrera.
[Correction: A previous version of this article said the perpetrator in the May 2014 shooting was a UCSB student. He was a Santa Barbara City College student.]
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