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Acadiana holds vigil in support of mourning families from Sandy Hook Elementary shooting

Emotional residents remembering those that were lost

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 4:53pm

Residents around Lafayette showed their support for the families in mourning due to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary Friday.  Over a hundred residents of Lafayette showed up at the candlelight vigil in utter disbelief and sincere heartache over Friday's tragedy.  One couple says the turnout says so much about Acadiana and Louisiana as a whole with everyone here being so affected by a tragedy that happened so far away.

"Actually I just feel like Louisiana as a whole is supportive no matter what in any situation, but the children..that's what's hard.  That just takes your breath away," says Jean Arceneaux, resident of Lafayette.

"We have grandkids that age and we know how we feel about them.  I can just about imagine what the families are going through at this time and our prayers are certainly with them," says Clarence Arceneaux, resident of Lafayette.

The vigil was held in the parking lot of the Shops at Martial and put together by a Lafayette mother who works there.  The 26 victims were named and remembered throughout the vigil by local parents and teachers in the Acadiana area.

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