Lewiston comes together to help families, Deaf community heal from mass shooting | ABC News

This holiday season was tough for Liz Seal and her four children.

On Oct. 25, 2023, her husband Josh was one of 18 people killed in a mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine. More than two months since the tragedy, Seal, who is deaf, told ABC News Live that she, her family and her friends are still in pain.

“It still feels like a nightmare. It doesn’t feel real,” she said.

Still, Seal and others in the community said they have united to work on that healing process and honor those who were killed and hurt in the shooting.

Robert Card, a U.S. Army reservist from Bowdoin, opened fire at two locations in Lewiston: a bowling alley where a children’s league was taking place and Schemengees Bar & Grille Restaurant. In addition to the 18 people killed, 13 others were wounded.

The suspect was found dead two days later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, investigators said.

Josh Seal, who was also deaf, was playing in a cornhole tournament at the bar with friends when the shooting took place.

Seal said that she did not initially know that her husband was among those killed. She said the situation was difficult as hospitals did not allow interpreters, leaving her and her family desperately searching for any word on her husband.

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