Deaf community hit hard by Lewiston mass shooting as multiple deaf people killed | masslive

The Deaf and American sign language (ASL) communities in Maine and around the country are mourning in the wake of a mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, in which several deaf people were killed.

A bar where the shooting occurred, Schemengees Bar and Grille, was hosting an event for the Deaf community when the shooter arrived and opened fire, killing multiple people. Four victims in the Deaf community have been identified as of Friday morning, according to the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MECDHH): Joshua Seal, Billy Brackett, Steven Vozzella and Bryan MacFarlane.

“Togetherness is what makes us strong. The lives of all those lost in the shooting will never be forgotten,” wrote MECDHH Executive Director Karen Hopkins in a statement. “We are holding their families, loved ones and each other close to our hearts.”

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