Updated 12/20/2012 08:16 AM
Vigil for Connecticut victims held in Oswego
The Newtown School shooting has had a profound impact on communities across the country. Vigils have been held from coast to coast. Wednesday night, it was people in Oswego paying their respects. YNN's Carmella Mataloni was at the ceremony and shows us how they offered their support.
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OSWEGO, N.Y. -- They came out to show their condolences. As families clutched candles and held back tears, the names and birthdays of each victim in the Newtown shooting was read.
"We're all grieving all around the nation and its nice to just pull everyone together," said Jackie Bruce of Oswego.
Rebecca Smith was one of the people who put together a twenty six balloon launch to remember those victims of last Friday's mass shooting in Connecticut. She says it was something she needed to do. With young kids of her own, this tragedy hit home.
"I kind of needed it to heal. You know I have small kids and I send them off to school every day and I just kind of thought, you know, I live in a small town, it will never happen, and it kind of shook me to the core," said Rebecca Smith.
Carole Lloyd is a teacher at Oswego City School District. She says that she can't imagine the heartbreak the families are feeling and that this vigil was a way for everyone to come together.
"We all can sympathize as parents as teachers as a community to this loss and what this community might be feeling," said Carole Lloyd of Oswego.
After prayers, a moment of silence and the reading of the names, the crowd watched in silence as 26 green and white balloons were released into the air.
Folks who came out in Oswego say this is their way of mourning and to show the victim's families they have their support.
"I just can't even fathom it. This whole community is praying for you and your families right now," said Jim Barrett of Fulton.
"We're sending out our thoughts and prayers to the whole Connecticut community," said Bruce.
Community members say that they cannot describe how deeply sorry they are for all the losses but they hope all families will find peace.