Sandy Hook vigil held at APS headquarters

Updated: 12/15/2013 5:03 AM | Created: 12/14/2013 8:57 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and Staff

Saturday marked one year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

The massacre killed 20 elementary children and six adults.

It is considered one of the most violent days for children in American history.

Around the nation people are honoring the memory of the lives lost—including right here in Albuquerque.

A vigil was held at Albuquerque Public School headquarters on Saturday.

The tone was somber but hopeful.

People at the vigil wore green and white ribbons for Newton and remembered the lives that were lost.

The names of each young child and adult, who were murdered in Newtown, were read aloud.

Lit candles symbolized their sacrifice

“It is the one year anniversary and we want to show them that we remember what happened there. That everybody is with them in spirit at least,” organizer Cheryl Haase said.

It was not the first recent reminder of that tragic day in Connecticut.

Memories of the 20 children and six adults killed in the shooting have been shared all week.

The parents of Emilie Parker, who once attended school at Maggie Cordova Elementary School in Rio Rancho, released a video in her honor.

“There was this loss of one of the most giving and selfless people I had ever met,” Emilie’s mother Alissa Parker said in the video. “It’s hard to imagine a world that didn't have that goodness and that selflessness in it."

The video mentions Emilie’s garden in New Mexico that was dedicated to her by the people who loved her here.

The video ends with the message that evil did not win and that hope still lives.

It is a sentiment that inspired many here.

“I was shocked at the strength of the parents,” attendee Tammy Kaiser said. “I guess to have that much still hope in humanity, to have that much love, in your fellow people, that much caring that I've read about has been overwhelmingly amazing."

The organizers say there is a time to talk about why and how Sandy Hook happened, but today they just want to honor life and love.

People in attendance also read the Newtown Promise, written by parents who lost children that day.

It aims to show that while their hearts were broken that day, their spirits were not. 

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