Omaha Vigil Held For Connecticut Shooting Victims

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

More than a hundred people came together praying for comfort and peace after the murder of 20 children and six adults. Sunday night's vigil was held at Omaha's Memorial Park to remember the victims and keep their memories alive.

Candles lit up the park as people remembered the victims through song and private prayer. Kaity Dyer came with her 2-year-old daughter. She found out about the vigil from her best friend Michelle Garvey.

“When you think back to when we had our own tragedy in Omaha, people still around the country supported us and we need to come together and help each other out,” says Garvey.

The vigil was organized by Brandon Morrison. After finding out about Friday's shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, he used social media to spread the word.

“It hit home really hard and something just came over me that just said reach out to these people,” says Morrison. “I just ran with the feeling. It became an idea, then it became a Facebook status and a status became this.”

Morrison brought 50 lanterns that were donated for everyone to light. People lit them and sent them up into the sky as silence came over the crowd.

Jeff Spangred came with his wife and kids. “Even though Connecticut is 1,500 miles from here or whatever, people still care about what's happening to them and what's going on in their lives.”


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