Vigil held for victims of Cape Coral shooting spree

Posted at 10:43 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 22:55:22-04

The Cape Coral community, shaken by the recent shooting spree, came together for a prayer vigil at the Four Freedoms Park.

Close friends and complete strangers bowed their heads in prayer and embraced.

Coworkers of one of the victims, Sean Strickland, who was shot and killed while on duty at the Circle K, released balloons in his honors.

The vigil was organized through Facebook by Melissa Boye, who has no ties to the victims.

"This is my community. We need to do something. I felt helpless," Boye said.

Others who didn't know the victims laid flowers on the waters edge and lit a candle 

The vigil came just two days after 31-year-old Christopher Moran drove along Skyline Blvd and shot and killed a 40-year-old man on his motorcycle.

"The biker brotherhood is exactly that, it's a brotherhood. We all know each other, whether it's directly as a close personal friend, or if it's just waving at each other going down the road," Tom MacKenn said. He's a Rebel Rider and attended the vigil.

Moran's second round of bullets killed Sean Strickland while he was working at the Circle K on Cape Coral Parkway.

Strickland's friend Marc Coachman said he was the life of the party.

"He didn't have enemies. He didn't have any enemies. I can most definitely say that," he said.

Moran was shot and killed by Cape Coral Police. Moran's seemingly random act of violence has caught the attention of Cape Coral city leaders.

"This is the time to say we're sorry, 'We're here for you,' to those were affected, but also to say 'We won't put up with this, this isn't something that Cape Coral wants to see,'" Councilman Richard Leon said.

Cape Coral Police have not released or confirmed the names of the victims in the shooting spree.