Vigil for Newtown, CT. Victims

December 16, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Danielle Slota wipes away a tear during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Yesterday Adam Lanza killed his mother, a substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, before heading to the school and killing 26 adults and children. Lanza shot himself afterwards, bringing the final death toll to 28 people. (AP photo/seattlepi.com/LINDSEY WASSON)

 

Yesterday I was tasked with photographing a small vigil of about 50 people at Green Lake Park for the victims of Friday's Newtown/Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. It was mostly silent and reflective, but every once in awhile people would break out in quiet song, with "We Shall Overcome" or "Silent Night." Later, attendees passed around a printed list of names of the victims, remembering them by having each person read a name and age aloud.

At one point about halfway through, the organizer thanked people for coming and made a few comments about what she thought the cause was. Others chimed in, disagreeing, offering other solutions. It was obvious that emotions were running high, and I was wondering how far the arguments would go. Quickly another woman stepped up and said: "I think I know why we're all here, and we're not here to argue. We're here to remember." Personally, there's been plenty of discussion back and forth on my newsfeed about the issues, so for right now, I'll just leave you with the photos.

A group of about 40-50 people gather on the basketball courts at Green Lake Park during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims in Seattle on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Yesterday Adam Lanza killed his mother, a substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, before heading to the school and killing 26 adults and children. Lanza shot himself afterwards, bringing the final death toll to 28 people. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson) A group of about 40-50 people gather on the basketball courts at Green Lake Park during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims in Seattle on Saturday, December 15, 2012. (AP photo/Seattlepi.com/Lindsey Wasson)

Scout Elizabeth Noble, 7, and her brother Jack Noble, 9, crouch silently during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Saturday, December 15, 2012.(Lindsey Wasson/Seattlepi.com)

A man lets wax drip off of his candle and onto the ground during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Yesterday Adam Lanza killed his mother, a substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, before heading to the school and killing 26 adults and children. Lanza shot himself afterwards, bringing the final death toll to 28 people. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson) A man lets wax drip off of his candle and onto the ground during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Saturday, December 15, 2012. (Lindsey Wasson/Seattlepi.com)

A family holds candles during a vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Yesterday Adam Lanza killed his mother, a substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, before heading to the school and killing 26 adults and children. Lanza shot himself afterwards, bringing the final death toll to 28 people. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson) A family holds candles during a vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park on Saturday, December 15, 2012. (AP photo/seattlepi.com/Lindsey Wasson)

People pass around a list of the victims, saying one name aloud each, during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Yesterday Adam Lanza killed his mother, a substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, before heading to the school and killing 26 adults and children. Lanza shot himself afterwards, bringing the final death toll to 28 people. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson) People pass around a list of the victims, saying one name aloud each, during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Saturday, December 15, 2012. (Lindsey Wasson/Seattlepi.com)

People shield their candles from the wind and light rain during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Yesterday Adam Lanza killed his mother, a substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, before heading to the school and killing 26 adults and children. Lanza shot himself afterwards, bringing the final death toll to 28 people. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson) People shield their candles from the wind and light rain during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the Newtown shooting victims at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Saturday, December 15, 2012. (Lindsey Wasson/Seattlepi.com)

 

Thanks for looking. Keeping the families in my thoughts.


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