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     Most of us are still reeling from the events Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. Iowa and Illinois residents are trying to show their support and for many that means saying a prayer for the families dealing with an insufferable loss.
     Dozens in Savanna, Illinois say coming together at the place where their children come to school each day helps them in the healing process and show they are thinking of all those families impacted. Many gathered outside the West Carroll Primary school Sunday afternoon.
     Word spread through social media of plans to hold a vigil and it brought out parents, children, and teachers.  They lit candles for all the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary. Several people spoke or said prayers, and then they all joined in song. There were a lot of hugs and tears as many say they still can't imagine how or why this tragedy happened.
     "It helps to get together because you know people care about this. There's a lot of people out there that don't want things like this to happen anymore," said Cody Taplin, a student.
     "I think right now we're grieving as a nation and we need to share it because we'll never understand it," said Freddie Preston who works with children in D.A.R.E. And Students Against Destructive Decisions.
     One thing special the group is doing is sending Christmas cards to Sandy Hook Elementary signed with condolences and well wishes. Many say it's a tragedy that may change them forever and that now is the time communities all over should be coming together.