Grieving for the 26 lives lost in Newtown, Connecticut, one week ago, goes on nationally, and in our region. People in Mount Morris don't know the Newtown victims, but they can relate as grandparents, parents, and children. Friday night, a small group gathered at the Mount Morris Moose Family Center with heavy hearts.
These people want the power of prayer to reach all the way to Connecticut where families are suffering. All 26 names were read and candles were lit along the way.
"The reason for the candle-lighting is we now have 26 angels in Heaven." -says service organizer Chris Corcoran.
As the victims' faces were displayed the group's voices lifted up, singing "Away in a Manger." People are confused and upset, trying to understand how this could happen to anyone, especially children.
"This just doesn't seem possible, it's like somebody just made it up, it's just not true. I can't believe it yet." -says Oregon resident Joyce Long.
But there's no doubt why they came to this service.
"To pay tribute to the little kids." -says Mount Morris resident Sue Spink.
Long adds, "Because I'm a grandma and I think that tells the whole story."
It's a hard situation for some kids to wrap their minds around, but they're still showing support.
"I really wanted to come to feel how bad it is. I feel truly sorry for the parents, they've had to go through a lot." -says 14-year-old Spencer McCombs.
12-year-old Anastasia Gordon has a similar message.
"I came to support the kids who lost their lives. It was really sad that they lost their lives and I feel bad for the parents." -she says.
People at Friday's service want to send more than prayers. On January 26th they'll hold another event, this time to try and raise money. Organizers want to send a plaque with all 26 victims' names to Newtown.
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