December 15, 2012 in City

Vigil held in Riverfront Park

By The Spokesman-Review
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Ashley Lee, 16, a junior at Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, joins classmate Madison Bortfeld, 16, on Friday as they sign notes in Riverfront Park for the victims and families of the school shootings. The pair were headed downtown to shop when they came upon the memorial.
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About 100 people gathered in Riverfront Park on Friday night for a candlelight vigil in memory of those killed in the Connecticut school massacre.

Many wrote messages to the victims and their families on paper hearts. They reflected on the tragedy, prayed for those affected and called for change.

Organizer Jenny Yoakum was driving her 4-year-old son to a doctor appointment when she heard the news on the radio. She was overwhelmed with sadness for the victims and their families and felt like she needed to do something.

“My heart is broken,” Yoakum said. “I felt like most of the community was probably feeling the same way. I just thought that if we could come together and send as much prayer and love as possible to those families, maybe they could feel it.”

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