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Kentucky man inspired by personal tragedy to honor Connecticut shooting victims

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Lexington, Ky. (WKYT) - The Christmas tree isn't the only thing that lit up downtown Lexington tonight.

Candles shined bright as families came together to honor the shooting victims of Newtown, Connecticut.

"It's a big decision as a parent to decide how to discuss it with them. But you know, I want them to know to support other people and to pray for other people," says Angela Manley, a Kentucky resident.

"We just wanted to come out and show our support and our condolences because I know what it's like to be a parent,” says Kentucky resident, Marlania Steele.

Another parent in the crowd, Brian Hufnagle arranged the vigil with his eight year old daughter, Reagan. Tragedy is something he knows too well. His wife, Stephanie and their unborn daughter were crushed to death after a panel from a building fell on top of them six years ago.

Hufnagle credits the support from the community for giving him the strength to carry on. He hopes these candles, roses, and pictures can do the same for others. He's also left a wreath with twenty bells on it for the children whose lives were all taken too soon.

"Every time a bell rings what do we say? An angel gets its wings," adds Hufnagle.

Hufnagle says he plans to keep the pictures, candles, and roses at the base of the Christmas tree in downtown Lexington for the rest of the week. He wants to encourage those who couldn't make it out tonight to visit the memorial another time.

Hufnagle also collected some toy in honor of the shooting victims. He plans to donate them to local children in need.


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