Hundreds gather in Newtown church for shooting vigil
NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AFP) - Hundreds of people attended a mass on Friday night at a church in Newtown, Connecticut, paying tribute to the victims of the elementary school massacre that left at least 27 dead.
The church was so packed that dozens of people crowded outside the St. Rose of Lima Catholic church - just a mile from the Sandy Hook elementary school where the tragedy took place.
"This is a kind of community, when things like that happen, they really pull together," Monsignor Robert Weiss said as he closed the special service he convened after hearing news of the slaughter.
"As so many people don't have extended family, friends become very important. And you see evidence of that tonight," he added.