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Westfield residents hold vigil for Newtown victims

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WESTFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

Eight days ago, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, became the site of the second-deadliest school shooting in United States history.

Since that tragic day, people across Western Massachusetts have gathered to remember the 26 victims.

Saturday night at Park Square, close to 100 people were on hand for a vigil that was put on by the city and Anytime Fitness.

Mayor Daniel Knapik told CBS 3 that while the shooting happened over a week ago, the healing process will take much more time.

Residents who took part in the vigil fought back tears and held on closely to their loved ones.

One family said that the shooting was something that hit very close to home.

"I am a teacher myself," said Dawn Moore. "All of the love we are sending [the people of Newtown], we will not forget their kids."

The teddy bears collected at Saturday night's vigil will be transported to Newtown, along with needed school supplies for students who have relocated to other area schools.

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