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DeKalb teacher plans vigil for Conn. shooting

DeKALB – A community candlelight vigil for the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims will be Friday at Memorial Park on the corner of North First Street and West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.

The vigil, which starts at 5 p.m., will feature speakers including Jim Briscoe, superintendent of DeKalb School District 428; DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo; state Rep. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, and local clergy.

Dan Kenney, a DeKalb school teacher and organizer of the event, said the vigil is a way to bring together a community that has experienced its own mass shooting and show support for those affected by the Newtown tragedy.

“We have a sense of what people are going through ... there is a restimulated pain,” Kenney said. “I think it’s very important for the community to be able to show their caring for the folks in Newtown and what they are going through.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own candles.

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