Vigil in Streetsboro honors victims of Connecticut shooting

by Alison stewart | staff writer Published:

Streetsboro -- The first snow storm of the winter season did not halt a vigil Dec. 21 in remembrance of the students and teachers who were slain in the Connecticut school shootings.

The Streetsboro event, which began at 6 p.m. at the Streetsboro Flea Market, 1513 Route 303, was organized by Streetsboro's Ralph Knerem.

Despite frigid temperatures, strong winds and a constant snowfall, six people showed up.

"I was going to have it, no matter what," Knerem said. "I felt strongly about being there. I was glad the others came. It was snowing pretty hard. More people were supposed to come, but the weather was bad. But I didn't care what the weather was. I was going to be there. Those kids did not die in vain."

In his truck -- out of the wind -- Knerem said he lit 26 candles in memory of the 26 children and teachers who died. The candles were donated by the Streetsboro Walmart "to be lit in memory of those children and teachers," said Knerem, who then read outloud the 23rd Psalm and the 91st Psalm from the Bible.

Knerem said he wants people "to remember that these kids never had a chance to grow up, to graduate, to get married and have children of their own. It is a sad situation that something like this has to happen in our nation."

Knerem said his group "wanted to let the [Connecticut] parents and loved ones know that Streetsboro supports them."

"Our hearts go out to those children and teachers and their families."

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