Residents Gather for Candlelight Vigil to Remember Connecticut Shooting Victims
About 40 people turned out at the Douglass Community Center in Southern Pines Saturday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Connecticut school shooting on Friday.
The West Southern Pines Citizens for Change had called for a candlelight prayer vigil to spend several moments to reflect on the events and how easily it could have happened here.
Oliver HInes, chairman of the organization, began the event at 5:30 p.m., and it included prayer and song. Several police officers turned out for the event, including interim Police Chief Bob Temme.
So far, there is at least one local tie to Friday's tragedy. Pinehurst resident and occasional Pilot opinion columnist Paul Dunn said Sunday that his sister's granddaughter, Grace Audrey McDonnell, was among the children killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary. She was 7 and the daughter of Lynn and Chris McDonnell of Sandy Hook. Her parents' photograph was on the front page of The New York Times Saturday.
In addition, both President Obama and Gov. Bev Perdue have ordered U.S. and state flags to be flown at half staff until Dec. 18.
In a proclamation, the President said: "As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 18, 2012."
Governor Perdue said:
“Our thoughts and hearts are with the families of the victims of this senseless act of violence in Newtown, Conn. Bob and I are deeply shocked and heartbroken over this tragic loss of life. Our prayers are with all the families of the children, teachers and administrators.”
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