Locals Honor Those Killed at Sandy Hook

In Montgomery and Prince George's counties, many organizations honored the victims with vigils, flags at half staff and more.

There has been an outpouring of support for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut.

A candlelight vigil will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in Ijamsville, MD, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce announced in a news release.

Noelle Tate, a mother of 5- and 1-year-old girls, organized the memorial to show respect and support for the Newtown, CT, victims and their families.

“I’ve been deeply affected by the tragic events that took place on Friday," Tate said in a statement. "As a mother, I weep at the thought of those children being brutally murdered while innocently going about their school day. I grieve for the parents whose pain will never subside."

Havre de Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rockville held a three-hour vigil Saturday and will be holding a week-long prayer vigil through Dec. 22, according to a Gazette story.

All Prince George’s County Public Schools observed a moment of silence at 10 a.m. Monday morning to honor the victims. Flags also were at half staff. 

“Our hearts go out to the students, teachers, parents and families affected by this tragic incident,” Alvin Crawley, PGCPS interim superintendent, said in a statement.

The Black Student Union at the University of Maryland held a vigil for the shooting victims at the Nyumburu Ampitheater Saturday night as well.

Some are hoping to help victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in other ways through memorial funds or donations to the Red Cross. Find out how you can help here.

Hosting an event or vigil in honor of the Newtown, CT victims? Add your event to our Patch calendar or tell us about it in the comments section.

Richard Rice December 18, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Not only do I pray for the families of those who were murdered and traumitized by the killings in Newtown, Conn. but also for the family of the shooter who are shouldering their own pain of a different kind.


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