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MGCCC Gautier remembers Sandy hook victims

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GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

About a week ago, the world got word of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

The horrible incident sparked feelings of anger, rage and hopelessness. But, in the days since that heart breaking event, the families affected have found they aren't in it alone.

Supporters, like Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, have stepped in to lend a helping hand.

"This time last week parents were finding out that there children were not coming home. Parents were finding out that their babies were dead. A few of us just wanted them to know that we care. Even if we don't have children we do understand, or try to understand what they're going through," said organizer Karlene Overby.

Overby organized the event to remember the victims and honor their lives. The mother of 5 said she and her husband can't imagine the pain those parents are feeling. She said that's why she felt compelled to do something. The college was there to support her.

"This is what we're about. Besides giving everyone a quality education, its giving them a chance to express themselves and I'm just proud of our students for coming together to honor those victims," said Student Activities Coordinator Sonya Edwards.

After the somber moment, students, faculty and Jackson county residents lit candles and said a prayer for all the victims and their families.

The group surrounded the campus' "Peace Pole" to pray. They plan to create a mural from the victims photos and send it to Connecticut.

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