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Macomb Holds Community Vigil for Newtown Victims

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

Even though the Newtown shooting more than one thousand miles away, the city of Macomb hosted a vigil to remember those who lost their lives.

With less than 24 hours notice, people started gathering at Chandler Park, and within minutes it grew from just a few to hundreds.

And Donnie Case, who helped organize the vigil, said he was impressed.

"With the very short notice, it was just amazing the number of people that turned out, and that just goes to show this community is a caring community," Case said.  

But there were a lot of emotions during the vigil.

Teachers came out to the vigil, and for some like Tiffany Taylor, hearing the names of those who were killed was the hardest part.

"They were six years old. They were the age of my son. A four year old, a six year old and a five year old, and I teach five year olds all day. And they were born six years ago and they're gone, for no reason," she said.  

 But Case said this was also a way to show the kids how much they're loved.

"Seeing all the little kids and even hearing the kids right now it's just great. It reminds us of why we're hear doing this. This isn't so community leaders look good, this isn't so our community looks good, it's because we care about our children," he said.  

And you could see the emotion with parents holding kids closer, but they know they can't live in fear.

"We have to go on and live our lives, but you probably just watch the door a little closer and watch your kids a little closer and make sure you're always on guard," Taylor said.  

 

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