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Mayor Archibald offers prayers for Newtown victims

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 19 2012 05:48:44 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 20 2012 08:11:47 AM CST

ABILENE, Texas -

People in Abilene came together Wednesday to mourn Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting victims and offer prayers for their families.

The city of Abilene held the moment of reflection ceremony.

Mayor Norm Archibald, Abilene ISD Superintendent Heath Burns, Highland Church of Christ Minister Jonathan Storment and others sent up prayers for the 26 victims of the horrific school shooting many states away.

"May you give them peace and comfort," Archibald said. "I'm going to ask you to pray for protection of our children, our teachers, our administrators and our first responders."

Grandmother Pat Davis said she couldn’t fathom their grief.

"Their hearts are breaking and I can't imagine losing one of my children or grandchildren," Davis said. "I pray for them that they'll have the strength to get through this, but it will be hard, very hard."

"I feel for these families," Davis' daughter Rachel said. "I feel for their children."

Meanwhile, Burns shared his thoughts on the tragedy during prayer.

"Thank you for being here, thank you for remembering those that we lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School," Burns said.

A candlelight vigil for the shooting victims is also scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rose Park.