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Tears Shed as Stabbings Continue

Three large candles sat on the communion table at the front of Holy Cross Catholic Church on Sunday, July 22-the day of Lorenzo Valentin Carachure’s funeral in Santa Barbara. Each candle signified a different step in the process of healing for those hurt by the violent death of Carachure on July 16. The first candle symbolized the feelings of grief and vengeance many were undoubtedly feeling as a result of the murder, and the second represented a necessary move toward solidarity and community, while the third signified making a commitment to “do what we can to keep this from happening again,” said the pastor, Father Ludo DeClippel.

Westside Teen Fatally Stabbed

Blood still stains the driveway of a San Pascual Street residence adorned with flowers and candles, all reminders of the most recent death of a Santa Barbara teen due to gang violence. In what police spokesperson Lt. Paul McCaffrey said was a gang-related attack on three lower Westside “active gang members or gang associates,” 16-year-old Lorenzo Valentin Carachure was stabbed to death Monday. His two acquaintances were also stabbed, but are reportedly in good condition.

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