Prayer vigil Thursday marks fifth anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy

Mayor's Office, News

Martinsville, Ind. – With December 14 marking the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a lone gunman, Mayor Shannon Kohl is hosting a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. Thursday in the Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall.

“Five years ago, our nation was shaken to our core at the news that 20 young children and six adult staff members were inexplicably murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The innocent children were six and seven years old with their entire lives ahead of them.

“While it’s hard to believe it’s been five years, it’s important to remember the grieving parents, family and friends of all those lost that horrific day. The five-year point is an appropriate time to come together as a community, remember those lost and pray for our courageous Newtown neighbors,” Kohl said.

According to the Mayor, residents are encouraged and welcome to join her Thursday evening for the brief prayer vigil.

“I realize this is an especially busy time of year,” Kohl said. “But if we can stop and take a short time to remember those still hurting and pray for their strength, comfort and peace, hopefully our thoughts and prayers will help ease the pain a little as Newtown residents face the five-year mark during this holiday season.”

City Hall is located at 59 South Jefferson Street.