Candlelight Vigil in Yonkers

On Sunday evening in Yonkers City Hall members of the community, of all faith backgrounds, ages and races, gathered to pay their respects to the families and the victims, as well as the survivors, of the Newtown, Ct. shootings. I had the incredible responsibility of reporting on this emotional candlelight vigil. It was a powerful event with music, prayer and promised action from community leaders and representatives. And in my opinion, the most powerful moment happened when everyone in the room sang “Amazing Grace” together. Words, nor still images, can really express the pure power of a room full of emotional, candle-lit people singing a song like that together. The room enveloped in sound, people overcome by the depth of the tragedy and the words spoken by those leading the event. It was a perfect moment to just feel the overwhelming sadness of what transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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Distinguished guests, including Pundit Jyogin Thakur, of the Hindu Temple of White Plains, light candles at a candlight vigil at Yonkers City Hall on Sunday. (Dec. 16, 2012)

Yonkers mayor Mike Spano speaks to residents about the tragedy that occured and how he plans to take action to prevent another incident like that. (Dec. 16, 2012)

People of a variety of religious backgrounds come together at a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall in recognition of the tragedy in Newtown, Ct.. (Dec. 16, 2012)

A young girl holds a candle Sunday at a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

Yonkers resident Linda Lee tears up during a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

NYS Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins listens and relflects at a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

Bernard P. Pierorazio, Superintendant of Yonkers Public Schools, spekas at a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

Yonkers Junior Idol of 2012, Maya Lisbin sings Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" at a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

People put lights into bags representing each of the victims of Friday's shooting in Newtown, Ct. during a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

Yonkers Board of Education Trustee, Nydia Perez, speaks to the audience at a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. Perez talked about the acts of heroism committed by teachers and others involved in Friday's shooting in Newtown, Ct. (Dec. 16, 2012)

Byhia Arkrishan Singh of the Sikh Temple of Yonkers addresses the audience during Sunday's candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

People reflect during a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

Alexis Newman, the 2012 Yonkers Idol, leads the room in a rendition of "Amazing Grace" to finish off the candlelight vigil Sunday at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

Mayor Mike Spano meets and hugs residents after a candlelight vigil at Yonkers City Hall. (Dec. 16, 2012)

Bags honoring each of the victims of Friday's shooting line the floor of Yonkers City Hall during a candlelight vigil Sunday night. (Dec. 16, 2012)

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