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Newtown shooting victims remembered in vigils across CT

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NEWTOWN, CT (WSHM) -

Hours after an elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT, the 26 victims were remembered at vigils statewide.

It was an over-capacity crowd at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown Friday night as family, community and friends came together.

"I ask God our father to console all those who mourn and to sustain the entire community with the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love."

Those were words of the Pope that were read to the full house of mourners who gathered at the church.

Friends and family held onto each other and candles were lit as they remembered all who were lost.

"People's children, brothers and sisters were taken from them, people's spouses, those teachers and administrators were taken from us," said Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.

He told the mass-goers that in the difficult coming days, the community must come together.

"Yet we stand in a church and many of us today and in the coming days will rely upon that which we have been taught and that which we inherently believe: That there is faith for a reason," he said.

Those in attendance say the 26 people, 20 of them children between 5 and 10 years old, are in their prayers.

"The teachers, the principals and those angels. That's all I keep thinking about is those angels," said one mass-goer.

The school shooting sent shock waves across the entire state of Connecticut as towns held their own vigils to remember the victims.

A candlelight vigil was held in Granby's town square where residents gathered.

They told CBS 3 the loss is still overwhelming.

"It strikes a chord, we consider Connecticut a safe state and you watch this develop on the news and it goes from one kid to 20 and it makes you sad and you have to pray," said Danielle Zaug.

Vigils were also held in New London, Rocky Hill,  Branford, Trumbull and Bushnell Park.

This is the second deadliest school shooting in United States history, second only to the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting where 33 people were killed.

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