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Vigils, remembrance mark 5th year since Sandy Hook shooting

Thursday marked five years since 20 students and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown....

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 6:07 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2017 6:07 PM

Thursday marked five years since 20 students and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Vigils to honor and remember the victims are planned both for Thursday night and the upcoming weekend.

Remembering Sandy Hook

A group born from that violent day continues to work to go beyond Newtown.

The Newtown Action Alliance organized nationwide vigils to honor all victims of gun violence.

Over the weekend, there was a candlelight vigil in Westport. This weekend there will be vigils in both Hartford and Madison.

A vigil is planned at Stratford's Town Hall on Thursday night. It's organized by the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund.

Thursday is also a day for the victims' families, friends and community members to come together in privacy to mourn the loss of their loved ones.

"Every year, it's significantly sad for the community," said Po Murray, chairman, Newtown Action Alliance & Newtown Foundation. "But, at the same time there's some resiliency in the community because we don't want to be defined by the tragedy. We want to be defined by the changes, and the good efforts put forth by the community members and families themselves."

There was a virtual moment of silence at 9:35 a.m.

Organizers called it interfaith and non-partisan that can be observed anywhere. More details about it can be found on this Facebook page.

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