By: Christine Souders
It's been exactly one month since the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and folks in the Quad Cities Area gathered Monday night for a vigil in honor of the victims and their families.
Quad Cities' Rotary Clubs put together a "Vigil For Newtown" at Modern Woodmen Park. Even though Newtown is hundreds of miles away, people we talked to said what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary continues to hit close to home.
"I feel bad for those families because they lost their children," said Kelsey Doty, 10, and her mom listened as all 26 of the victim's names were read out loud.
"We keep them in our prayers each and every day, and hope this can help give them a little sense of closure and healing," said Kelsey's Mother, Kelley Doty who said she will never forget how she felt that day on December 14th, when she heard about the shooting.
"It nearly brought me to tears thinking that it could have easily happened here... I could have been the parent searching for my children, so I definitely feel for these families," said Kelley Doty.
During the vigil, many Quad Citians' filled the bleachers as they honored lives lost at the hands of a gunman.
Singing, praying, and sending their thoughts to the families in Newtown, from the Quad Cities.
"We want to make sure that people of our community can stand together and give a message to Newtown that we're thinking about them and we don't want this tragedy to be forgotten," said Mike Locander of the Rock Island Rotary Club.
Quad Cities' Rotary Clubs are also accepting donations for a scholarship fund.
If you would like to donate CLICK on the Link: http://www.bettendorfrotary.com/sandy-hook-elementary.