Vigil in Wichita to honor victims on anniversary of Sandy Hook shootings

A vigil Friday evening in Wichita will honor victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and promote peace in the midst of violence.

People are invited to attend the “Sandy Hook Vigil for Peace,” 7 p.m. Friday at Woodland United Methodist Church, 1100 W. 15th St. North in Wichita.

The event is being held in coordination with the National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath. Local sponsoring organizations include Parents of Murdered Children, Partners for Wichita, University United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Woodland United Methodist Church.

Sunday is the second anniversary of the school shootings that killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn. – the deadliest K-12 school shooting in U.S. history.

Local organizers say Friday’s event is aimed at raising awareness of the issue of violence, particularly gun violence, in communities and schools and to share stories of hope. Participants will light candles in remembrance of victims.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.