Frisco students gather to pray for and honor those affected by Connecticut shooting

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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WFAA

Posted on December 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Dec 15 at 10:22 AM

FRISCO -- More than a hundred students held a vigil outside Liberty High School Friday night in memory of the victims of the Newtown elementary school shooting.

They prayed, they cried, they sang, and they simply wanted people to know that they care.

"God, I ask you bring peace into their hearts," one teen prayed before the crowd.

The students prayed for the lives lost at another school thousands of miles away, and for the victims' families.

"Even though it seems dark, know that He loves them and their children are in heaven, and no matter what, they're going to be okay."

They prayed for a country to come together.

"There might be issues that set us apart and there might be struggles, but we all can get through this with one another."

Lauren Tonkovich said when she saw the images and heard the news, she immediately asked her principal if she could hold the vigil in the parking lot.

"We want those families of the victims to know us - even at the age of 17, 16, 18 - we want them to know that we're torn by this and we want them to know we love them," Lauren Tonkovich said.

Lauren's mother was with her for support, and struggled to find words of how parents were feeling Friday.

"For something like this, how do you express the compassion you have for those people?" Cindy Tonkovich said.

The students hugged each other and vowed when they got home Friday, they were going to tell their parents they loved them.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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