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Vigil marks five years since Manchester workplace shooting

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A memorial was built to honor the people killed in the shooting. (WFSB) A memorial was built to honor the people killed in the shooting. (WFSB)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

Monday was a somber day for Manchester as the community marked five years since the deadly workplace shooting at Hartford Distributors.

A vigil was held at the facility around 7:30 a.m. 

Monday was expected to be a tough day for loved ones, friends and coworkers as about a hundred of them came together to remember the eight men killed in the shooting in August 2010.

Steve Hollander, who survived the shooting, said he's grateful for the outpouring of support over the years.

"We were so devastated after the shooting, the shootings, that the one bright spot was the tremendous support we received from everyone in the community," he said.

Police said 34-year-old Omar Thornton went on the deadly rampage after resigning from his job. HDI said it had video of him stealing beer.

When the shooting spree was over, eight people were dead. Thornton then turned the gun on himself.

"We think about what a horrible day that was,” Scott Schanley, who is HDI General Manager, previously said. “I also remember the strength and courage that people had on that day and supporting each other, and I'd like to try to hold on to that."

A memorial was built one year later. Each steel pillar in honor of the lives lost on that August morning in 2010.

"I rode with these guys,” said K. Kucka, who is a friend of victim. “One of my best buddies was one of the first to go down. It's just compassion for people you know and cared for."

More than 100 people attended Monday morning's vigil.

"We think about what a horrible day that was," said Scott Schanley, general manager. "I also remember the strength and courage that people had on that day and supporting each other, and I'd like to try to hold on to that."

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