Richardson vigil offers strength to school massacre families



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Posted on December 15, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 15 at 11:17 PM

RICHARDSON — More than 150 mourners and passed candles to one other in Richardson Saturday evening, spreading the light where there is so much darkness.

It’s been one day since 28 people were killed in Connecticut. The dead include 20 elementary school students.

“I have not been able to stop crying since yesterday. I just feel so much pain,” said Ambreen Hasnat as she held a candle.

Ambreen Hasnat held and hugged her two kids more than normal these last two days. There were people of all faiths, all ages sharing the same pain.

“I haven’t even processed it,” said one mourner.

For some at the vigil, the full impact of the Connecticut tragedy has not yet sunk in. Some were asking how one person can be linked to so much death. Others questioned why the dead must be so young.

“I don’t think my life will ever be the same again, because now I think, 'What if it was my kids?'” Hasnat said.

Amarjit Dhillon burned 28 candles — one for each victim and one even for the suspected shooter, who, police said, killed himself in the wake of the unthinkable carnage.

“We always say, 'We pray for everybody,'” Dhillon said.

The prayers at the vigil asked for strength for the victim's families in Newtown, Connecticut.