Town Heals and Remembers

Fort Worth Service Remembers Connecticut Victims

Church bells to toll Friday morning in remembrance

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    North Texans came together for an interfaith service to remember the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. (Published Thursday, Dec 20, 2012)

    An emotional interfaith service in Fort Worth Thursday night brought together people of different religions united in their grief over the school shooting in Connecticut.

    The service at First United Methodist Church downtown was called Candles for Connecticut.

    Mayor Betsy Price sent the city's condolences to Newtown.

    "Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you tonight and every day going forward," she said.

    Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead represented first responders. Officers and firefighters filled the first pews.

    An imam from the Islamic Association of Tarrant County got emotional.

    "It doesn't have to be a Muslim or a Christian or a Jewish or any other faith," said Imam Moujahed Bakash. "As a human issue, the picture will never go away from my head."

    He said he can't stop imagining the Christmas gifts the young victims will never receive.

    The pastor at Fort Worth's Wedgwood Baptist Church, the site of a massacre in 1999, spoke from his heart.

    "Deliver us from our nonchalance from those hundreds of thousands -- millions -- who suffer in the darkness of mental illness with no help and no hope," he said.

    The names of the 27 victims were read as candles were lit one at a time.

    The bells at First Methodist Church and several other churches will ring at 8:30 a.m. Friday to remember the massacre victims.