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Capital Region church holds vigil for victims of Connecticut massacre

Posted at: 12/17/2012 11:08 PM
Updated at: 12/17/2012 11:16 PM
By: Dan Bazile

COLONIE -- A somber and emotional night at the Victory Christian Church in Colonie. Dozens of Capital Region residents came together to pause and reflect on one of the worst school shootings in the nation's history.

"Very angry that somebody could do that to somebody else. It's very senseless," said Gina Jubrey of Cohoes.

When the gunman was done, police say he had shot and killed 20 children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. Jubrey and others at the church in Colonie said they cannot imagine the horror.

"I just could not imagine what those people are going through," Jubrey said. "But my heart goes out to them."

Jubrey is now sending her prayers in a vigil led by Pastor Charlie Muller and other leaders of faith in the Capital Region. They sang and prayed for the victims, those who made it out of the school alive, the parents who lost loved ones, the first responders, Newtown residents and the nation as a whole. Then, the names of the victims were read out loud.

"These are children that were young 6 and 7 years old. They didn't get to grow to the age where they had a choice between good and evil," said Pastor Muller.

Muller said what happened in Connecticut was pure evil. He said prayer can help and get people through some of the darkest times of their lives.