Lockport to hold candlelight vigil for school shooting victims
By Tony Graf firstname.lastname@example.org December 25, 2012 9:32PM
Mourners gather for a candlelight vigil Dec. 15 in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. | AP photo
Updated: January 27, 2013 6:22AM
LOCKPORT — The city will hold a candlelight vigil Thursday for the victims of the mass shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Square, 222 E. Ninth St. in downtown Lockport.
During the vigil, the city will turn off all the lights at Central Square for 27 minutes as families gather to remember the 20 children and seven adults who lost their lives in the Dec. 14 tragedy.
“By turning off the decorations for 27 minutes we are saying that on Earth, this holiday season has a little less light,” the city said in an announcement. “By lighting candles, we are saying that our families are thinking about theirs.”
Last week in Joliet, more than 800 students at Gompers Junior High School made paper snowflakes to comfort students of Sandy Hook in the aftermath of the shooting. The paper designs were mailed out on Saturday morning, and will decorate Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe, Conn., where Sandy Hook students will be attending.
The Snowflake Project is being spearheaded by the Connecticut Parent-Teacher-Student Association.
On Christmas Eve in Newtown, residents planned to light luminaries outside their homes in memory of the victims. Tiny empty Christmas stockings with the victims’ names on them hung from trees in the neighborhood where the tragedy occurred.
“We know that they’ll feel loved. They’ll feel that somebody actually cares,” said Treyvon Smalls, a 15-year-old from a few towns away who arrived at town hall with hundreds of cards and paper snowflakes collected from around the state.
Organizers said they wanted to let the families of victims know they are not alone while also giving Connecticut children a chance to express their feelings about the shootings at Sandy Hook.