Hundreds of people holding candles and flowers gathered at Lake Merritt in Oakland Monday night to honor the 36 victims of a fire that tore through the Ghost Ship warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood on Dec. 2. Mourners in the crowd embraced each other or held up candles as they said aloud the names of those lost in the blaze.
Several people in the crowd held signs offering "free hugs."
"We have to pull closer together," said Tex Allen, who was holding a "hugs here" sign. "There's no choice but to bombard this situation with love."
Here are some photos from the vigil honoring those lost in the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade.
Kelly Whalen and Isara Krieger contributed to the video above.