SUNRISE (CBS4) – One week after the tragedy in Newtown, communities in South Florida are joining to remember the victims.
In Sunrise, dozens gathered near City Hall for a touching tribute. Children and adults read the names of the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After each name was read an angel was illuminated and a bell was rung.
The angels will remain lit throughout the holiday season.
Residents say it’s important for them to show the people of Newtown that they are not alone.
“People are praying for them and they do care,” said Ellen Cambra, whose daughter, Riley, read one of the names. “Even though it’s not our children, it’s people’s children and that’s very important.”
Sunrise residents also lit candles, prayed and held a moment of the silence for the victims.
Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan said his community wanted to let the residents of Newtown know that others recognize their pain.
“Newtown is our town,” Ryan said. “Sandy Hook was our school. For our community these were our families. It seemed like a natural extension to join Newtown as they continue to grieve.”