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Vidalians gather to grieve Connecticut shooting

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VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) -

Dozens gathered on the sidewalks outside First Presbyterian Church as bells tolled for each of the 26 Connecticut school shooting victims.

Pastor Kevin Hicks read a brief paragraph on each of the victims, 20 children and six teachers and staff members. Many wiped tears as a victim's description struck a chord with them.

"It is a tragedy that so many of us can connect with as parents or grandparents" explained Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams. "Those families have Christmas presents under a tree or decorations hanging but they won't be celebrating like they would have."

"As a teacher, you don't expect to give your life for your students," explained Terri Overstreet. "But those teachers did and 20 kids had the promise of a future stolen from them."

Those who attended the brief service braved the cold as a way to connect to something that touched their heart from nearly 1000 miles away.

"For me, when we have so many questions, it is a way to be strong and to have hope and to remember where we get our strength," noted Rev. Hicks. "But unfortunately, we don't always get our questioned answered."

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