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Hot Yoga Tallahassee shooting: One Year Later

Posted at 6:22 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 18:22:29-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Remembering a Tallahassee tragedy.

Saturday makes one year since two people were killed and five others hurt inside of the Hot Yoga Tallahassee studio.

People we've talked to this week have all said similar things.

Getting through a tragedy like this one is tough no matter how much time passes.

Despite the heartache it's also a time that brings communities closer together.

Dr. Nancy Van Vessem was one of the victims that died in the shooting. Her spirit of touching others will live on through a health care center named in her honor.

Florida State University student Maura Binkley also died in the shooting.

"A person who loved and cared for people deeply, did everything she could, everyday to enhance the well-being of others," said Jeff Binkley, father of Maura Binkley.

Her parents now on a mission to keep others from being victims of gun violence.

"The motive for the terrible crime for this city on November 2 was hate. Well, our motive in establishing Maura's Voice is love," said Jeff.

Still today, the community also remembers the man, Joshua Quick, who stepped up to save others.

"The only thing that was there that I could think of was a vacuum with a heavy end and the gun stopped firing. I don't know if it jammed or what, so I used that opportunity. I hit him over the head with it," said Quick.

People will come back to Betton Plaza to honor the victims at 11 a.m. on Saturday.