Washington Navy Yard shooting: Vigil held Monday night

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- As the flags were raised to half-staff, the wicks on candles lit up on Monday night as a small group of people gathered in Freedom Plaza to remember those who died in that morning’s fatal shootings.

How this country could tolerate another mass shooting after it has endured so many others was the sentiment echoed throughout the vigil, initiated by an anti-violence activist.

Some who attended said they heard about it and decided to join to express their shock at something like this happening in the nation’s capital. For others, they had relatives in the military or who work in the federal government, and this vigil provided a way to show solidarity with those grieving.

"We wanted to show support with people who lost their lives, the families that survived, and gratitude that our families are still in tact," said District resident Lauren Adkins.

Others expressed another reason why they wanted to come out on this night of tragedy: to express the city's and their resilience.

"It's just important -- I mean, we live here, it is our city, we want to keep it that way," said Ausma Tomsevics. "How have we allowed ourselves to grow accustomed to this awful bloodshed."