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Area car clubs hold vigil for school shooting victims

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POSTED: December 22, 2012 8:30 a.m.
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Monae Harper reads names of the children and teachers killed in the Dec. 14 school shooting at Newton, Conn., while her grandmother, Darcel Miller, stands beside her during a vigil Tuesday night at J.F. Gregory Park.

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News of the school shooting last week in Newton, Conn., has shaken people across the world.
Darcel Miller is no exception.
“Hearing the children’s names, I just started crying,” said Miller, a Richmond Hill resident and president of Tru Unikue Ryderz. “I had to do something.”
So, Miller, the mother of one and grandmother of two called the club’s vice president, Earl Roberts.
“We decided we needed to do a ride from Hinesville into Richmond Hill, have everybody come out and do a candlelight vigil and say prayers for those families who lost their loved ones.”
Tuesday night, about two dozen cars from four car clubs rolled into J.F. Gregory Park. There, around 40 people from Liberty County and Richmond Hill stood beneath the pavilion and prayed by candlelight. Then Miller’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Monae Harper, read the names of the children and teachers lost in the shooting.
As each name was read, a balloon was released by Kayla Miller, 8, and Jyles Harper, 8. Yellow for the six teachers killed in the shooting. White for the 20 elementary school kids shot.
“Just because we’re not in the same place as those children, we’re still hurting,” Miller said. “The violence needs to stop.”

Read more in the Dec. 22 edition of the News.

 

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