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West Virginia Town Plans Vigil For Connecticut School Shooting Victims
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
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Reported: Dec. 17, 2012 8:52 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 9:08 AM EST
Flatwoods , Braxton County , West Virginia
Miles away from the sorrow in Connecticut where a school shooting caused great devastation, one West Virginia community plans to come together to remember the victims.
A candlelight vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Monday at the Flatwoods Mall in Braxton County. Participants are asked to bring a candle.
Meanwhile, in Connecticut, people are still trying to make sense of the violence that shattered a community. There are no classes Monday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, and officials aren't sure if the school will ever reopen.
Three days after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults there, the school district is making plans to send surviving students to a former school building in a neighboring town.
The first funerals are planned Monday for two of the children who were killed -- 6-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner. Others are scheduled for later in the week.
At an interfaith service in Newtown Sunday night, President Barack Obama vowed to enlist the help of police, mental health professionals, parents and teachers in an effort to prevent similar tragedies in the future. He asked, "What choice do we have?"
Federal agents continue to investigate the recent activities of the shooter, Adam Lanza, who took his own life as police moved in on a classroom where he was killing children using a high-powered rifle. They have concluded that he had visited an area shooting range, but they don't know whether he actually practiced shooting there.
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