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North Texans Shocked by School Shooting in Connecticut



    Frisco residents came together at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, as high school football fans at a championship game say their thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the survivors. (Published Friday, Dec. 14, 2012)

    Even though Texas is thousands of miles away from the tragedy in Connecticut, North Texans still feel the pain.

    Dozens of parents, teachers and students attended a candlelight vigil hosted by Liberty High School students in Frisco on Friday night.

    "We wanted to make sure the families know they do have support. There is more than just evil in the world. People are good, and this is just one of those things that can come of tragedies," senior Chelsey Chandler said.

    "I think that's what's important -- this needs to be a wakeup call," senior Lauren Tonkovich said. "We all need to start caring more about others and stop being so self-centered and caught up in our own time. I just think that could be a huge help in the future."

    "I just could not image what these parents are going through or how you catch your next breath, so my prayers are just with those families," parent Shaw Walker said. "We just have to see the good in each other and come together as a community, as a state, as a country. Our differences don't matter when things like this happen."

    Parents attending the high school 3A State Championship game at Cowboys Stadium said news of the school shooting shocked them.

    Netha Elliott, who has four young children, said she hugged her youngest when she heard the news.

    "Just talk to them about how important it is to tell each other you love each other every day, before school and be so thankful that we make it through life every day," she said.

    Parent Laurie Lively said she cried when she heard the news.

    “It's hard to know what goes through your mind," she said. "It's confusion. The most astounding thing is what goes through your stomach and your heart -- just totally heartbroken."

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