December 18, 2012 – Over 200 people gathered at Lake Ella in Tallahassee for a candlelight prayer vigil to honor the 26 victims in the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. Candles flickered in honor of those who lost their lives and parents hold their children tight as they reflect on the tragic event that took place on Friday, December 14, 2012. Parent, Priscilla Jen Louis says "it does make you think and appreciate life even more considering the fact that you don't know whether or not your are going to make it back together when you leave home.”
Several speakers, including Mayor John Marks, offered their condolences and suggestions on how we should move forward from this tragic event. Marks says "we must pray for those kids that lost their lives, their parents, their families and their teachers, that's what we're doing tonight, offering our prayers for all of them."
According to Leon County Schools Superintendent, Jackie Pons, he says it takes the whole community to keep our community safe. Pons stated “we want to make sure our students feel confident as they come back to school and they know that our schools are a safe place and as we move forward we learn from this and we re-evaluate everything we are doing as a community, as a school system."
People of all ages, backgrounds and races stood united in prayer for those who are grieving. Pons spoke to the crowds of people and said “we hope that all the parents and loved ones that some type of peace will come to them. As we gather we hope that it sends out a bond of hope to all those throughout our country that we will all do everything that we can to protect our children."
Posters with inspirational messages for hope and healing were signed by those who attended the vigil. A clergy representative from Tallahassee will fly to Newtown, Connecticut to hand deliver the posters to each of the victims families.
More than 200 people gathered at Lake Ella tonight to pray for families of the children and teachers killed in Newtown, Connecticut.
Families stood elbow to elbow in the dark with candles. Pastors, city commissioners and county commissioners addressed the crowd.
The school superintendent was there too.
One speaker urged parents that when they send their children off to school in the morning with their backpacks and lunchboxes, to send them off with a prayer too. A prayer for their safety.
Tallahassee, FL - A candle light vigil to remember the children and teachers gunned down at Sandy Hook is being held tonight in Tallahassee.
20 children and 6 adults who went to school on Friday and never came home. It has shaken parents everywhere, and teachers are trying to reassure children that they are safe.
People here will be lighting candles and saying prayers, many of them just feel compelled to do something. They wanted to get together and to grieve together, and hopefully lift each other up.
The massacre of those innocent children at Sandy Hook elementary stunned us all.
Many wept as they watched the vigil in Newtown, Connecticut the other night. With the president reading each and every name of the children who died - and the teachers who died trying to protect them.
Tonight, folks in our area have a chance to come together to offer their support and their prayers.
Messages of condolence can be sent to the families of the victims in Newtown at:
Messages of Condolence
Newtown, CT 06470