Adults, children attend candlelight vigil for Newtown

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Children and adults attended a vigil at 5pm on Saturday at Cedar Rose Park in Berkeley. Photo: Sarah Carlin

About 50 people came out to Cedar Rose Park in Berkeley on Saturday evening, despite the rain, to take time to reflect on the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT, on Friday. The gathering was organized by Suzanne Teran and Sheela Jivan, who were inspired by a initiative to hold vigils at the same time across the nation this weekend. Other Bay Area vigils were held in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Richmond, Alameda, and Oakland.

“I think folks appreciated being able to come together as a community — many mentioned that,” said Teran.


About 50 people gathered in Cedar Rose Park in Berkeley to hold a vigil to remember the victims and families of the Newtown, CT, massacre. Photo: Paloma Raines


Those gathered at the vigil brought candles and held a minute’s silence. Photo: Paloma Raines

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  • Diana Rossi

    Thanks so much to the organizers, Suzanne and Sheela, for managing to make this vigil come together. I wish that I could have been there in person; but I am sure that many of us were with you all in spirit…..

  • What a wonderful thing to organize. I wish I had checked my email earlier in the day so that I could have attended. We’ve been lighting candles at home for the victims and their families, but I think coming together as a community is so healing. Thank you for doing this.

  • Che Joubert

    It’s difficult to know where to start in analyzing the origin of violence such as this. One thing that rings out to me is the memory of Berkeley, focusing on all the right things in the earliest period of what we like to call simply ‘the sixties.’ So many blogs out there in the news today illustrate what we predicted then – a constant condition of rage – brute sarcasm and ridicule toward the unfortunate; vile dislike of innocent television figures; crude distancing commentary on the tragedies of the day. Sometimes it’s so violent and evil that it doesn’t seem a big leap from those moods to the extroverted mindless violence that appeared in Newtown. I’m not suggesting we concentrate on censorship – quite the opposite – we should become mindful of the amount of unchecked, hate dialogue that floats around us so much of the time, even if it is online. What’s going on?