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Hot Yoga shooting victims honored during community memorial service

Saturday made one year since the tragic shooting
Posted at 6:08 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 06:08:13-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee community honored the two victims in the Hot Yoga shooting on Saturday night.

This weekend makes a year since a man killed two women and hurt five others in a hot yoga class.

It's something people say changed Betton Place Plaza for good.

"We are Tallahassee strong," said Mayor John Dailey.

City mayor John Dailey, came back to the place, where a year ago, was lit up with police lights and pain.

Dailey says, he hasn't forgotten about either victim .

Dr. Nancy Van Vessem and FSU student Maura Binkley.

She's missed by everyone who lives in Glendale. Glendale is a very small and tight knit neighborhood everybody knows everybody.... it was a shock to the neighborhood. We miss her."

Doug Hahn and Ken Lux lived right next Van Vessem.

The two say they're still trying to grapple with the fact that she's not here anymore.

"It was a shock to find out it was in your own home and neighborhood.... yeah to your own neighbor within a stone throw of your own house," said Doug and Ken.

A shooting like this, is more possible than they'd like to think about.

"It drove it home how this can happen and that was frightening," said Doug and Ken.

"Such tragedies are just cheating us of so many wonderful people the one I happen to know is Nancy and we all miss her," said said Doug and Ken.

Betsy Dailey met Van Vessem through class at Hot Yoga Tallahassee.

She wasn't there the day of the shooting.

But still can't believe something like this could happen to someone she describes as inherently good.

"She was just a wonderful friendly, cool person. It's just such a tragedy she's gone," said Dailey.

City leaders say, Tallahassee doesn't want to focus on the pain.

They want to focus on something bigger -- moving forward.

"It's imperative that we all stay together, we work hard on these issues, we work with our state partners and federal partners to move the needle," said Mayor Dailey.

No classes were held Saturday in respect for the victims.