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Candlelight Vigil Tonight For Shooting Victims

A local resident has organized a downtown gathering to pay respects to the victims of the school shooting in Connecticut today.

Walnut Creek resident Ashliegh Montgomery has organized a candlelight vigil in Walnut Creek tonight (Friday, Dec. 14) to pay tribute to the victims and families of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., today.

"I know we are all hurting right now, and it just feels right to try and do whatever action we can, no matter how small it may be," Montgomery said. "In the midst of such confusion, pain, and grief, I think it's good to try to remind people that our hearts are broken, but our spirits are not. The candlelight vigil is to be in solidarity with, and to show our condolences for, the victims and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting this morning."

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at Walnut Creek City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.

Parking Options: Broadway Parking Garage, Dean Lesher Parking Garage, Civic Park (across the street from the City Hall building), street parking. There is no parking allowed at City Hall.

What to Bring: Candle (these will not be provided so please bring your own if you would like to have one there). Please do not obstruct car or foot traffic, and do not leave any kind of a mess.

SR December 15, 2012 at 01:46 AM
So mad at our Mayor and city council right now for cutting our school resource officers. Wish my kids were in the San Ramon Valley Unified District or even the Mount Diablo District schools in Concord or PHill. I saw one of their school officers right in front of a school in Danville today. Pet projects aheand of public safety! Prayers to the families of those poor kids.
Jim December 15, 2012 at 01:52 AM
I feel the same way SR. It gets me PO'd that Patch and the Contra Costa Times don't tell Walnut Creek residents their kids are less safe than nieghboring communities because of cuts to the police department. City Council: get off your butts and start paying attention! Our kids and the safety of the public should be your top priority. Clearly you are asleep at the wheel if you allow these cuts in such a well off city.
John Bennison December 15, 2012 at 04:29 PM
My children have long since graduated from our fine WC schools, so while local budgetary appropriations or misappropriations may be a legitimate debate, my spouse and I will participate in the vigil to stand in silent witness against the larger culture of violence that grips our society, and consequently necessitates these arguments for and against protocols to protect our children from the kind of world we've created.
Ralph Hoffmann December 15, 2012 at 07:49 PM
In 2013 we need to start action to repeal the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution. We are net a Nation who plays coyboys and Indians for real any more. Only Police and the US Military should have guns, and be trained to use pepper spray first. There is no such thing as perfect mental health. Unfortunately males are usually the agressor.
Wally Creek 1 December 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM
It seem a shame that a heartfelt apeal for mourning of the victims of a tragedy like this would prompt SR to break out his usual complaints about the allocation of city funds...did you take a shower after that one SR?

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