A commemorative event is planed next week to mark the 6 month anniversary of the Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston. Maine Resiliency Center

LEWISTON — The Maine Resiliency Center is planning a commemorative gathering Thursday at Simard-Payne Memorial Park to mark the six-month anniversary of the Oct. 25, 2023, mass shooting in Lewiston.

It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the park at 46 Beech St. It will feature brief remarks and moments of silence for the victims and survivors of the shootings at Just-In-Time Recreation bowling alley on Mollison Way and Schemengees Bar & Grille restaurant on Lincoln Street.

“We invite everyone to wear blue for the evening as we come together in solidarity,” according to the center’s Facebook post about the event. “We also ask that our community light candles or lights in their windows on the night of April 25th.”

Community Concepts Inc. launched the Maine Resiliency Center in November to give individuals and families affected by the shooting a place to find services.

The center is staffed by professionals who focus on long-term needs and can offer access to service navigation, case management, behavioral health support and more. It is managed by Community Concepts, the Community Action Agency serving Androscoggin County.

The shooting left 18 people dead and 13 injured after Robert Card of Bowdoin went on a rampage at the two locations. After a two-day manhunt, Card was found dead in Lisbon of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

For further information contact the Maine Resiliency Center team at 207-515-3930 or info@maineresiliencycenter.org.

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