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Local residents hold vigils for those involved in Connecticut school shooting

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Some local residents hold vigils for those involved in the tragic Connecticut school shooting.

Osborne Funeral Home held a prayer vigil Sunday night. They say those who attend will be asked to sign a condolence book that will be sent to the families in Connecticut.

People showed up in droves Sunday night to show their support for the Newtown community and to pray for peace and strength for the families, during this extremely difficult time. 

"The Bible says that the prayers of the righteous do availeth much and so tonight, that's what we're gonna do," said Rev. Adrian Brooks, Memorial Baptist Church.

Reverend Adrian Brooks lead Sunday night's vigil, alongside Pastors Rabon Turner and Connie Baltzell. Delivering the message that Evansville's Christian community is strong in its support of Newtown.

"We thank you for the lives of those 20 some people, who's lives were lost, God. But we know that they were not lost in vain. At the end of the day, all of us are woven together in the same tapestry of humanity," said Pastor Rabon Turner, New Hope Baptist Church.

The names of all 26 victims were on display, accompanied by the 'Serenity Prayer'. In the next room, those who attended wrote their condolences, to the families of the victims.

"Basically, I told the families that we are praying for their strength and that the peace of God, that surpasses all understanding, would be their's during this difficult time," said Kelly Scorggins.

Kelly Scroggins is one of many who attended the vigil. She says shootings like those at Columbine and Virginia Tech are shocking in their own right, but that none have been as striking to her, as the one that happened on Friday.

Scroggins: "I don't know if it's because it's so close to the holiday season, if it's because the children were just so awfully young, or if it was because there was so many of it, but I gotta tell you, you never become desensitized to something like this," said Scroggins.

The funeral home says these written condolences will be mailed to Newtown, next Friday. Everyone at the vigil understands that these words cannot replace the lives that were lost, but through prayer and this expression of support, the families of the slain may at least feel assisted in their grief.

Since those letters will not be mailed until Friday, the funeral home says anyone is welcome to come by, to write their condolences, between ten in the morning and one in the afternoon, all this week.

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