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VIDEO: Waterford Remembers Newtown

Community gathers to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Sunday night, more than 100 residents gathered in Waterford High School’s auditorium for a vigil honoring the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings ten days ago.

“Do not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good,” the Rev. David Moynihan of the First Baptist Church of Waterford told the crowd.

At the vigil, there were 26 lit candles on stage for the 26 victims from the tragedy. Heather Joyner and Sandy Kenniston led hymns, Katie Smith played a harp, James Tyrol played a piano and seven religious leaders from seven different Waterford religious institutions gave speeches about the tragedy.

At the beginning of the hour-long vigil, First Selectman Dan Steward read the names of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Superintendent Jerome Belair ended the event by saying the Waterford community’s hearts and prayers go out to the victims of the Newtown shooting and hoped something like that would never happen again.

Hope T December 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
How can such a thing ever be too late? When the healing is done, when people can find peace and comfort in acceptance and new direction, then perhaps the message would be a reminder. But 10 days is not enough time for most of us, even this far from Newtown, to come to terms with the events of that day, or to loosen the graps of our arms around our own loved ones. Perhaps we will all be stronger, at least in our resolve of what needs to change, as a result of the events and the sharing in the aftermath.
Jennifer December 24, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Many towns in CT held vigils last night. I hope it brought at least a small bit of healing and peace to everyone in attendance.
Paul Petrone December 24, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I've been told the vigil was held on that date per order of the governor, as all municipalities were told to hold it at that time as a statewide vigil.
JmL December 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
we were there in spirit. praying for all the victims.
farm guy December 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Why didn't the elementary school have a moment of silence? My child and others were upset that they weren't allowed to pray for the children in Newtown.

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