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Vigil held in Colonie to remember Connecticut’s victims

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As family and friends say goodbye to the victims of Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, people in the Capital Region gathered to let the people of Newtown know they're not alone. Innae Park has more.

COLONIE, N.Y. -- Victory Christian Church member William Preville said, “I felt the pain.”

“There aren't words to express in a tragedy of this magnitude,” said Pastor Keith Davey, New Hope Church.

As a small community mourns, they aren't alone. Prayers lifted up at a vigil in Albany for the hurting in Newtown, Connecticut.

“I believe this will be a comfort for those that lost their children in this tragedy and also the adults,” said Victory Christian Church member Adriane Preville.

Organized by Victory Christian Church and open to all, people prayed for comfort, peace and that this type of event would never happen again.

“Trying to come to a sense of understanding that we all play a role in this,” said Victory Christian Church member Michael Dillon. “We've come to live in such a desensitized world, where we ignore mental health issues, ignore sensitive people, ignore all the warning signs.”

Local pastors want change to begin in their own churches, right here in the Capital Region.

Davey said, “We see the tragedy down in our own neighborhoods. Recent stabbings and murder.”

“Our kids are growing up and they're growing up in dysfunctional families, in homes that are broken. That's where programs come in,” said Pastor Charlie Mueller of Victory Christian Church.

To do so, they say they won't be alone.

Preville said, “We need prayer and we need God.”

And this vigil is a place to start.

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