facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Newtown holds 6-month memorial for Sandy Hook shootings

June 14, 2013 at 2:53 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
NEWTOWN, Conn., June 14 (UPI) -- Residents of Newtown, Conn., gathered Friday to remember the 20 children and six adults killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14.

The town observed 26 seconds of silence, the New York Daily News reported. Carlee Soto, whose sister, Victoria, was a first-grade teacher and died trying to keep her students safe, called for the period of silence at 9:37 a.m., about the time Adam Lanza fired his first shots.

"Although it has been six months, we have not forgotten and we will never forget the ones that have died," she said. "The pain is excruciating and unbearable, but thanks to people like you that come out and support us, we are able to get through this."

About 200 people came together outside the town hall. Some wore green, the school color. Celia Flores, a 10-year-old from Newtown, held a sign that read "Love wins."

Organizers of the memorial also called for changes to gun laws. A screen said 6,003 people in the United States have been killed by gun violence since the Newtown shootings.

Lanza, a former Newtown student, killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before heading to the school. He took his own life as police closed in.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program
2
Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test Identical twin linked to 2004 rapes by new DNA test
3
U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks
4
New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year New York state may legalize recreational marijuana by next year
5
Man suspected of killing woman sets himself on fire on Ohio highway Man suspected of killing woman sets himself on fire on Ohio highway
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback