Tewksbury Remembers Victims of Newtown Shooting at Candlelight Vigil
Candlelight Vigil attracts nearly 150 residents.
Nearly 150 Tewksbury residents dropped what they were doing on Saturday night to gather on the Tewksbury Town Common for a Candlelight Vigil in memory of the victims of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting.
The event was organized by residents Trish Bourne and Kelly Joyce.
"We can't just curl up into a ball," said Bourne. "We can't just shut off the Christmas lights and say 'That's it.' We (have to) go on. We have to take pause and we have to say a prayer and we've got to keep the people of Newtown, Conn. in our hearts."
The event was also attended by Pastor Deborah Shipp of the Tewksbury United Methodist Church, Pastor Jonathan Goodell of the Tewksbury Congregational Church and Pastor Simeon Damas of the First Baptist Church, all of whom spoke and offered prayers.
The names of each of the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 20 children and six adults, were read aloud and Pastor Goodell led residents in singing "Let There Be Peace on Earth."
On Monday, students in Tewksbury are planning to join a nationwide show of support for Newtown, Conn. by either wearing Green and White (the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary) or blue and yellow (the colors of Newtown High School).