Vigil held in Tempe to mourn Conn. tragedy

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by Jason Volentine

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Posted on December 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 18 at 10:40 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut is radiating throughout the country.  As night fell in the Valley, area residents came together to show solidarity and support for the victims 2,000 miles away.

About 75 people stood holding candles in Tempe Marketplace as the sun set, Friday.  The vigil was organized by Clear Channel radio stations and featured speeches by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and U.S. Representative David Schweikert. 

“We're in the holiday season.  Reach to that little person, reach to that loved one and hold them,” said Congressman Schweikert.  “Let them know they're special because right now there are probably a lot of parents in Connecticut asking if they gave their kids that ultimate hug as they sent them off to school today.”

Mayor Smith said he participated in the vigil because he thought the community would benefit from a moment to heal together.

“When you add all the things that go on, Tucson, Columbine, Aurora, Virginia Tech, you know, where are we, who are we?” said Mayor Smith.

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