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UPDATE: Madison vigil honors victims of Sandy Hook school shooting

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- This week marks five years since 20 children and six teachers were shot and killed at a school in Connecticut.

People in Madison are paying their respects to the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They gathered for a vigil in Madison Monday night at the Madison Mennonite Church on the west side. 

The tragedy in 2012 sparked many to take action against gun violence, including Khary Penebaker, whose mother shot and killed herself when he was a child. 

"When we take a moment to reflect on the lives that have been ended due to gun violence, it can maybe hopefully inspire us to want to take the pain and sorrow of today and inspire us to do something tomorrow to make sure that this stops," Penebaker told 27 News.

Penebaker told the story of his mother to the group that gathered at the vigil. 

The vigil brought together people of all faiths and organizations calling for tougher gun laws, like Moms Demand Action. Madison mother Jennifer Rosen Heinz says the group formed nationwide and here in Madison to start the conversation.

"Something changed in me, something changed in a lot of people and a lot of people lost hope, but by the same token I also felt like you know what, this is not something I’m willing to live with," Rosen Heinz said.

Pastor Ron Adams says it's important to come together to remember the victims.

"It's an opportunity for us to look around the room and see we're not alone in our concern, our conviction, and also to bear witness to Sandy Hook but also to victims of gun violence all around us," Adams told 27 News. 

Thursday marks the anniversary of the shooting in 2012. 


MADISON (WKOW) -- Volunteers with the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort, the Madison Mennonite Church and Moms Demand Action will gather tonight with community members for an event to honor the five-year mark of the Sandy Hook School shooting, which took the lives of 20 children and six educators.

The event is one of more than 200 across the country commemorating the Sandy Hook five-year anniversary and all lives lost to gun violence since December 2012 and asking lawmakers to do more to end gun violence.

The candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of the victims and survivors of gun violence and to encourage attendees to honor the victims by taking action to reduce gun violence in our community.

The vigil will take place at 7 p.m.,  Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at the Madison Mennonite Church (located in the Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ building), 1501 Gilbert Road, Madison.

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