Community comes together one year after shooting on UCC campus

Saturday marked one year since the deadliest shooting in Oregon history. Nine people were killed and nine hurt when a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

On Saturday, the community of Roseburg came together once again.

Roughly 2200 people ran or walked in the Umpqua Strong 5k and 9k.

"We just wanted to support the community. Everybody was impacted in some way in what happened a year ago. It's just important to be here. We felt we had to run this race," said Phil Wyatt, one of the participants.

"We're all here together and when one of us is hurt, we all hurt," Wyatt continued.

The race was important to many, including Greg Kovach.

He carried 230 pounds for 5.6 miles. It's the weight of one of the victims, Treven Anspach.

"Could not imagine what that family went through," said Kovach as he rested.

"There's no way I'm gonna quit. There's no way," he said.

Kovach's wife Robin cheered him on during the race.

"He looks really good. He's doing awesome," she said.

Licensed counselor Jim Hussey said everyone deals with grief differently. But one year later is when the reality kicks in again for those who have lost loved ones.

"Now you're going through birthdays, anniversaries, holidays without the person," said Hussey.

He said community events help the healing process. It's a step forward for many who continue to hurt for the victims and their families.

"It's a beautiful thing," said Hussey.

Out of the tragedy has come something beautiful, something inspiring as the Roseburg community keeps proving they're Umpqua strong.

Randi Feland, the race director, said the event raised about $50,000 toward the UCC Foundation's Memorial Scholarships. They're scholarships set up in the names of each of the nine people who were killed.

She said she hoped the race would become an annual event.



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