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Candlelight vigil held in wake of tragedy

Mary Alice Shemo of People for Positive Action speaks at a candlelight vigil she organized in Plattsburgh in response to the massacre in Connecticut.

Mary Alice Shemo of People for Positive Action speaks at a candlelight vigil she organized in Plattsburgh in response to the massacre in Connecticut. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

He has pledged to engage law enforcement, mental health professionals, educators, parents and more in an effort to prevent future gun violence.

“We all need to have a dialogue with our children,” said Jody Lawson, who was at the candlelight vigil with her husband, Bruce.

“We are here tonight because our hearts grieve,” Bruce said. “Our hearts are broken, and we don’t understand.”

“I think we need to look within ourselves and find a peaceful place,” he said.

Shemo suggested that at times, the best answers are found in community and interaction with others.

“Keep people that work in schools in your hearts,” said Mary Lou Leavitt. “Our hearts are broken.”

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