Hundreds Pack Conn. Church For Vigil After Rampage

Say a prayer tonight for the families of the fallen and for everyone in the community.

CBS New York

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A vigil for the victims of the elementary school massacre in Connecticut brought out hundreds of community members Friday night, including some parents who were struggling with mixed emotions after their own children survived the massacre.

With the church filled to capacity, hundreds of people spilled outside, some of them holding hands in circles and saying prayers. Others lit prayer candles and sang “Silent Night.”

At the vigil, the priest said the altar holds 26 candles, all of which were lit in memory of the victims. Lyrics of the last hymn of the ceremony rang out: “I will raise him up on eagle’s wings.”

The parish priest, Robert Weiss, said he spent much of Friday with victims of the families, but he could not give them any answers about what happened.

“I know that people say ‘Why did God allow this to happen?’ This was not…

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