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Suburban groups stage Newtown remembrances

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  • The Rev. Clarence Evans of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in North Chicago asks people to remember the victims of a shooting that occurred on Dec. 14 last year at a Newtown, Conn., school. The Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action hosted a remembrance event Saturday in Waukegan.

      The Rev. Clarence Evans of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in North Chicago asks people to remember the victims of a shooting that occurred on Dec. 14 last year at a Newtown, Conn., school. The Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action hosted a remembrance event Saturday in Waukegan.
    photos by George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.co

  • The Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action gathered in Waukegan Saturday to remember the victims of a shooting that occurred on Dec. 14 last year at a Newtown, Conn., school.

       The Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action gathered in Waukegan Saturday to remember the victims of a shooting that occurred on Dec. 14 last year at a Newtown, Conn., school.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • About 30 members of the Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action hold signs with the names of victims of gun violence. The group gathered Saturday in Waukegan to remember the victims of a shooting that occurred on Dec. 14 last year at a Newtown, Conn., school.

       About 30 members of the Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action hold signs with the names of victims of gun violence. The group gathered Saturday in Waukegan to remember the victims of a shooting that occurred on Dec. 14 last year at a Newtown, Conn., school.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Fran Puchli, team leader with the Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action, asks people passing by to perform an act of kindness in remembrance of a school shooting that occurred Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. The Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action hosted a remembrance event Saturday in Waukegan.

       Fran Puchli, team leader with the Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action, asks people passing by to perform an act of kindness in remembrance of a school shooting that occurred Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn. The Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action hosted a remembrance event Saturday in Waukegan.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald staff report

Groups throughout the suburbs gathered Saturday to remember the tragedy a year ago at a Newtown, Conn., school.

On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by a gunman, who invaded the building and later killed himself.

In Waukegan, about 30 members of the Lake McHenry Chapter of Organizing for Action, local church members and several local officials gathered at Genesee and Clayton streets, across from the Genesee Theatre.

Snow was falling and a biting wind came off Lake Michigan as attendees held signs with the names of victims of Sandy Hook and local gun violence victims. Organizers said they also wanted to raise public awareness for "common sense" gun legislation and universal background checks. The Rev. Clarence Evans from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in North Chicago asked attendees to pray with him for all gun violence victims.

In Palatine, the Sikh Religious Society held an interfaith candlelight vigil to honor the "little angels and heroes" of Sandy Hook. The vigil and prayers were led by children who attend Sunday school at the Sikh Religious Society.

Lt. Brian Murphy of the Oak Creek, Wis., police department was a guest speaker at the event. Murphy was a first responder who was shot 15 times at a Sikh temple shooting on Aug. 5, 2012, in Oak Creek.

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