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."
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:33:28 GMT
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