Maine mass shooting may be nation’s worst-ever affecting deaf community, with 4 dead

I Love You hand shapes shown during the OneLewiston Vigil at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston, Maine.  Source from David Sokol, USA Today.

The shooting deaths of four deaf people in Maine during the Lewiston rifle rampage last week that killed 18 people appears to be the worst mass shooting affecting the deaf community, according to advocates.

Among the dead are Steve Vozzella, Brian MacFarlane, Billy Brackett, and Joshua Seal, who were playing in a weekly cornhole tournament for deaf and hard-of-hearing people at Schemengees Bar & Grille. Maine has about 1.3 million residents, and deaf advocacy groups say the loss of the four men hits especially hard in such a small state.

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