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McMinn Co. holds vigil following CT school shooting

1:16 AM, Dec 16, 2012   |    comments
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Saturday, one East Tennessee community came together to pray for those who lost their lives in Newtown, Conn.

The vigil was held in Englewood city park. Englewood is a town in McMinn County.

More than 40 people attended the event to show their support for Newtown. Englewood mother Kara Robinson was one of them.

"I actually have three children and I can't imagine what these families are going through," Robinson said.

Englewood resident John King organized the event. King, who has a half-sister who lives in Newtown, said it was important to show Connecticut that East Tennessee cares.

"We don't even know some of them and we love them," he said. "Our hearts are broke, kids are dead."

Englewood residents say they want to ensure the safety of children here at home in the wake of the Connecticut shooting. Englewood mayor Tony Hawn said he would like to see a student resource officer in every McMinn County school.

That said, the town know, money is an issue.

"That's really what it comes down to is money and it's pretty sad that people's safey and lives depend on money," said Englewood Police Chief Darrell Wright.

At the vigil, residents also signed a card that will be sent to Newtown to show the community their support.

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