Lubbock residents gather in response to Connecticut shooting

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Updated: 12/15/2012 10:19 pm
It may have happened states away, but the effects of the Connecticut school shooting touching those across the nation, including in our area.

"It doesn't matter how far away. It hits us all close to home. We all have children. We're teachers, parents."

For Karri McGinty, she felt the hurt in more ways than one.

"As a kingdergarten teacher and as somebody that has children in their classroom all day long and is their protector, if something ever does happen, it just really hit close to home," McGinty said. "I have a 5-year-old myself. I just had to reassure my parents that I would do whatever I had to do to protect their babies."

McGinty was one of many who attended the candlelight vigil at Second Baptist Church Saturday night. It was a chance for Lubbock residents to cope and show support for the mourning community of New Home.

"God's heart is truly breaking, as is ours. All of ours," Senior Pastor Ryon Price said. "And we're here to recognize that and lift light up into darkness."

"We can't do anything more than something like this," Second Baptist Church member Judy Bryant said. "But this is significant for us, for those of us who are here, to feel like we're doing something. But also for the power that comes from people gathering together."

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