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Temecula to Remember Newtown Victims with Vigil

The gathering in remembrance of the victims in Friday's mass school shootings in Newtown, Conn. begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 in the Temecula Civic Center Quad.

The somber sound of 26 tolling chimes will be heard Friday when the city of Temecula holds a community vigil to remember the victims who died in Friday's tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

Twenty students between 6 and 7 years old and six school staff, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal, were shot and killed Dec. 14 by a gunman identified by authorities as Adam Lanza.

The city invited residents of Temecula and surrounding areas to join Mayor Chuck Washington and Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Naggar for the remembrance ceremony, according to a news release.

The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 in the Civic Center Quad, 41000 Main St.

For more information, contact Temecula Community Services at 951-694-6480.

Adrian December 20, 2012 at 06:51 AM
With all of the heinous reactions to the Sandy Hook tragedy (courtesy of Fred Phelps, et al), this is a nice gesture of rememberance.
Deb C December 20, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Thank you. As a former CT resident this tragedy is heavy on my heart.
rodger cambell December 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Is this a good event to take my 8, 10 and 12 yr olds too? As I do feel it will greatly help with my wife's and my feelings about what this horrible excuse for a human did to these children and the true hero's who, unselfishly, sacrificed their lives, and the ones who put there lives in the line of fire, all to try and save, and save our childrens lives. I just don't know if this service will be a good thing for my young kids?
Brenda December 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I don't know Rodger :/ That is a good question. I kind of feel they need to know about it, and learn any possible, even if very small ways to try to get the hell under cover or out of that room. But then on the otherhand it can make children completely petrified to go to school at all, which just hearing about it and watching it on the news can also do. I will be there with my 21 yr old daughter and grandson, but he is 4, just turned. So will have to deal with any reaction he might have. He just loves people so he will probably just go around and say hi. I think its a great thing we are doing and I hope we have a good turn out.

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