Boston to Hold Candlelight Vigil Honoring Sandy Hook Anniversary

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Wednesday marks four years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, and Boston will honor the victims of the tragedy with a candlelight vigil.

Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed his 52-year-old mother before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School and shooting his way inside, killing 20 first-graders and six school employees before committing suicide. The December 14, 2012 massacre was the third-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history.

The town of Newtown observed a 15-minute moment of silence between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m., marking the time when the shooting occurred. Town employees were asked to refrain from work during that time to honor those lost.

Wednesday’s vigil in Boston is part of a nationwide demonstration “in remembrance of the 120,000 victims of gun violence in America.” Attorney General Maura Healey, who has made gun violence a focus of her first term, is among the elected officials expected to attend.

The vigil begins at 6:15 p.m. at the First Church on Marlborough Street in the Back Bay.

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