FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Hundreds of Fairfielders gathered with candles on Sherman Green on Monday night to mourn those lost in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday in the spirit of what First Selectman Michael Tetreau called “one community.”
“Not one street, not one school, not one neighborhood, not even one town,” Tetreau said. “We are one community. We are all together. And it really makes some of the differences, some of the squabbles and some of the arguments that we see every day pale in comparison and seem much smaller.”
The vigil came just a few hours after the first funeral for one of Friday’s victims. Services remembering Noah Pozner, 6, were held at Fairfield’s Abraham L. Green & Sons Funeral Home on Beach Road on Monday. He was later buried in Monroe.
The vigil's 26 candles were lit, each one in a brightly colored paper bag bearing the name and the age of someone who died in Sandy Hook on Friday. Religious leaders from around Fairfield also shared prayers, readings and songs and offered hope for those affected by the tragedy.
“The darkness is not the end of the story,” said the Rev. Paul Whitmore of Southport Congregational Church. “The light is the end of the story. And even one beam of light transforms the darkness.”
Along with the prayers and songs, the vigil included two ways for Fairfielders to reach out to Newtown’s families. The organizers set up a box to collect cards and notes from attendees to send to the families of the victims. The Parks and Recreation Department also collected teddy bears to go to the
surviving children in Sandy Hook.