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Monson Holds Vigil for Newtown, CT Shooting Victims

Monson Vigil - 1MONSON, Mass. (WGGB) –An eerie silence hangs over the First Church of Monson. Neighbors once again brought together in devastation. Here, you can feelthe ripple effects from Friday’s shooting that left 20 children, and 6 staff members dead at Newtown, Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter’s mother, Nancy Lanza, was killed in her home. “Really just numb. There are really no words for this. There’s a place at which words fail us, and emotions fail us, and it doesn’t make any sense, and I am dumbstruck at how such violence can occur. This is just a horror. And horror is not a good enough word,” said Pastor Bob Marrone.

Unsure of what to do, or how to even begin to make sense of this horrifying act, community members pray.  “Very sad. I don’t have children, but I just can’t even believe what these people are going through,” Derek Campbell stated.

Pastor Bob Marrone doesn’t usually open the church on Saturday morning, but decided to hold a vigil in the wake of Friday’s massacre. Yet when it comes to consoling his parishioners, on this occasion Pastor Marrone finds himself coming up short. “I often think that I have answers, and today I have no answers. All I have are questions. Why? Why would such a thing happen? There really is no answer. And perhaps God can help us to find an answer,”

Chicopee, Agawam, and West Springfield are just some of the places holding other vigils where people can come and express their grief. Pastor Marrone says that even though it’s going to be an incredibly long road to recovery, we just can’t exist in fear.  “It’s to choose life, to choose to hug others, to choose to reach out in love, to choose to pray, even if there aren’t any words, to make that choice is a choice for life, and to choose to live,” Pastor Marrone said.