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Brandin’ Iron in San Bernardino is one of many places holding candlelight vigils, fundraisers for Las Vegas victims

By in Press Enterprise on October 4, 2017

By Brian Whitehead

SAN BERNARDINO – The country music fans Bill Thomas welcomes into the Brandin’ Iron five nights a week are some of the most loyal people he knows.

And so, to remember victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting at last weekend’s Route 91 Harvest Festival, the Brandin’ Iron will hold a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence at 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.

“We serve our community,” said Thomas, the nightclub’s longtime owner. “The country western group is very loyal. They go to country events, rodeos, country concerts. It’s only natural for us to be mindful of our customers and the people in the country western community.”

Four Brandin’ Iron staff members and several regulars attended the three-day music festival, Thomas said. The staffers returned home safe.

“It’s an evil situation over there,” Thomas added. “But good will prevail in the long run, and our customers will rally around one another and take care of one another.

“It’s a really tight-knit group of country fans.”

The Brandin’ Iron, at 320 S. E St. in San Bernardino, is one of a handful of local places honoring Las Vegas victims. Others include:

• A candlelight vigil will be held for Riverside City College nursing student Angela Gomez, 20, of Riverside, at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the campus’ Landis Auditorium, 4800 Magnolia Ave., college officials said.

• On Saturday, Oct. 7, a car wash will be held for Gomez beginning at 8 a.m. at the Riverside Elks Lodge, 6166 Brockton Ave.

• A vigil is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, at Cal State San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway, for fourth-year student Jordyn Rivera, said Dimitri Tamalis, chairman of the Health Science and Human Ecology department. A time has not yet been set.

• The city of Eastvale will hold a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. […]    

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