STAMFORD, Conn. — The Stamford Government Center was filled with tears and prayers Sunday afternoon as the city held a vigil for the 27 people who were killed Friday in Newtown, of which 20 were students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“They are the least in the world that deserve this treatment,” Mayor Michael Pavia said of the young children who lost their lives.
State Rep. William Tong (D-147 Stamford and Darien) spoke about how once he became a parent six years ago, his whole life changed and began revolving around them. He said everyone can understand the pain the parents of the young victims are feeling.
“We lost a piece of our heart,” he said. He added that he hopes all of the questions about gun control, school safety and mental health get put to the side for a bit so people can honor the kids, and that any changes are made for kids.
Rev. Tommie Jackson of Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Stamford expressed his condolences to all of the first responders of the shooting and shared how he was sad knowing he could have been one of the kids’ grandfather.
He also tried to help people in the healing process by asking them to continue to stay as united as they were during the ceremony Sunday.
“Trust in God that he will wrap Connecticut in his arms,” Jackson said before leading the closing prayer.
Leaders of several different religious groups in Stamford led the gathering in song and prayer, and there was also a reading of the names of all of the people who died Friday including Adam Lanza, the suspect identified by police as the shooter.