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Leaders of various religions gather to honor the shooting victims of Sandy Hook Elementary

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

A crowd formed around Triangle Park in downtown Lexington for a memorial service to honor the shooting victims of Sandy Hook Elementary.

"There were 28 different religious leaders, Islamic, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant. For all of us to come together and to remember each child and each teacher. We remembered all who were involved in this event," says Pastor Woody Berry, of Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church.

People of all ages came to listen, to light candles, and to pray for the victims and their families.

"It is powerful to see people gather and this community of all different faiths, and different ages," says Reverend Sarah Renfro, of Monterey Christian Church.

The prayers also included the Newtown, Connecticut shooter, Adam Lanza.

"It is not easy to pray for those who kill and do bad things. But we must so that we may move forward," adds Renfro.

While many found comfort here today, organizers hope that events like this one will help to prevent a massacre from happening again.

"No one of us has the right thing to do. But, to be with families, to work on mental health issues related to guns as well. All of those kind of things are part of it," says Berry.

A Gun and Knife Show was held just feet away inside Heritage Hall today at the same time of the ceremony. We asked organizers if this was planned and they tell WKYT no. Organizers say that some representatives from the show were in attendance at the memorial ceremony.


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