People in the Valley Hold Candlelight Vigil for Newtown Victims

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

Candles glow in Gypsy Hill Park with many shedding tears and sharing prayers for those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

One woman read the names of all 26 victims, as many bowed their heads to honor them, including Jorjah Polk who's just nine years old.

"It's really sad because of all the little kids that were murdered and all the teachers. I feel really sad about them because they lost their lives that Friday," said Polk.

More than 20 people came to the candlelight vigil in Staunton to honor those victims. Many of them in shock still from this tragedy.

"Unbelief, unbelief. I said you got to be kidding me," said Joe Green, who attended the vigil.

Green says he came out to pray for the victims because this could happen anywhere.

"Matter of fact we don't know if we have someone like that here. Wake up one day we may have the same tragedy, you never know," said Green.

A few people set up a table with pictures and all the names of those who died.

"I know God is praying for each one of them, and I know the kids are angels and the angels will pray for the kids who are left here and they can go on," said Green.

"It's really sad because some of them were kindergarteners, some of them were first graders, and the teachers that stood up for them, that's very brave of them," said Polk.

Some people were disappointed by the turnout. One person who organized it says she had trouble getting the word out.

Some of them say they hope these lives lost will make a difference to prevent these tragedies from happening again.


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