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Community honors Connecticut school shooting victims

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EVANS, GA (WFXG) -

The 27 people, young and old, who were killed in the Newtown Connecticut massacre, were given their angel wings in Columbia County Thursday night.

"It's just horrible that the kids won't get to see Christmas this year," said Taylor James who is a student in Columbia County.

To honor the shooting victims Thursday night, dozens of students and parents placed angels with the names of the victims on the Evans Towne Center Park Christmas tree.

During the ceremony, Columbia County students sang songs of peace as their parents cried.

Latita Clark knows what the Sandy Hook survivors are going through because she's also been through a devastating tragedy.

Her son Ryan who graduated from Lakeside High was killed during the Virginia Tech mass shooting in 2007.

"I was totally devastated, it took me back to April 16 and I realized another set of families would be going through so much pain and I just cried," Clark, said.  

The pain from the school shootings then and now is real and Clark still hurts. But she believes healing comes through community. So even though Sandy Hook Elementary is nearly 1,000 miles away, our community is reaching out to theirs.

"Through sticking together as a community we can survive, we can heal, it cannot happen overnight but you can constantly heal when you stick together as a family as a community as neighbors," Clark, said.  

"I hope the families in this tragedy feel a lot better really soon," said James.

The group also took a picture with the angels and they will send it to Sandy Hook so their community knows this one supports them.

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