Kids organize Sandy Hook vigils, Jahana Hayes speaks out on gun violence

Fairfield

It’s been six years since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 students and six educators.

Those victims were remembered and honored Saturday by kids from various ministries in Fairfield County. The children who died at Sandy Hook would’ve been 11 and 12-years-old today.

An interfaith vigil at Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport was organized by local students who were around the same age when the 20 children were killed back in 2012. 

One of the most moving moments came when children released 26 balloons shaped like doves into the nighttime sky.

They say the balloons represent the 20 students and 6 educators who lost their lives in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

“For me it represents encouraging healing both for the families who lost kids and also healing for people who struggle with mental health so we don’t have incidents like this in the future,” said Heather Moran.

“People are still thinking about them and we haven’t forgotten,” said Kaye Webber.

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The vigil was organized by kids from Trinity Episcopal Church in Southport, Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Islamic Community Center.

They all wanted to do something to pay their respects.

Organizers have a message for the Sandy Hook families. 

“Our hearts are with all of the families. We lift up each of those who are lost in our prayers at this time of year every year here at Trinity Southport. We give our deepest condolences to those families. We will never forget”, says Rev. Peggy Hodgkins of Trinity Episcopal Church.  

They also came together to try to make a statement about what they say is the need for tougher gun control measures.
“To show solidarity together against gun violence,” said Rev. Peggy Hodgkins.

“I think gun control is super important and we shouldn’t just forget about it and move on from it,” Webber said.

Earlier in the evening, News 8 caught up with newly-elected Representative Jahana Hayes, who will be representing Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Newtown, when she’s sworn-in next month. Hayes says passing tougher gun control laws will be a top priority.

“People are calling for some measures to protect communities. These are things I’m going to work really hard for right out the gate,” Hayes said.  “I’m optimistic that this 116th Congress is going to force that conversation.”

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