Hampstead community holds vigil for Sandy Hook shooting victims
HAMPSTEAD, NC - (WECT) - Dozens of parents, students and members of the Hampstead community gathered at North Topsail Elementary school to show their support for the Newtown, Connecticut community on Sunday night.
The vigil began with a moment of silence. The names of the 26 people who were killed Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary school were also read out loud. Families huddled together, and held candles during the vigil.
People said that they were shocked and devastated when they heard about the shooting. While they came to the vigil for different reasons, many said that it was important for them to show their support for the small Connecticut town. Some said it has similar characteristics to Hampstead.
"We feel a kinship to the community in Connecticut," said the Pastor of The Gathering Surf City, Bobby Owings. "They are the same type of community, they know each other, they love each other, they are all interconnected, and we feel the same way here in Hampstead."
A red lantern was released in the sky during the vigil, and at the end those participating walked around the track.