Somber Ceremony Marks National Tragedy

Los Alamos High School Junior Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta addresses the group gathered at Ashley Pond Friday night to remember the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Photo by Greg Kendall/

By Greg Kendall

Los Alamos High School Student Council members organized a special Friday night candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown. Conn.

About 50 people gathered in the cold at Ashley Pond Park to honor the children, teachers and administration staff who lost their lives in the terrible tragedy.

LAHS Junior Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta told the Los Alamos Daily Post following the emotional vigil, “When I first heard of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, I thought everyone needs a way to show how they feel. I thought of doing this candlelight vigil at Ashley Pond because this is the one place where people can come together and actually show how we feel.”

Los Alamos County Councilor Fran Berting recalled living in Sandy Hook during the 1970’s.

“I lived in Sandy Hook in the 70’s. I was working at Uniroyal in the lab. It is a very pleasant place to live and a short commute,” Berting said. “It was a very nice, beautiful, small community. Most people either worked at Uniroyal or commuted to various places around New York City. Tonight’s event was very nicely arranged. It was a great idea and good for everybody.”

Mourners gathered at Ashley Pond to listen to speakers, light candles and remember those lost in last week’s terrible national tragedy. The Los Alamos High School Student Council organized the event. Photo by Greg Kendall/

Los Alamos remembers. Photo by Greg Kendall/

County Councilors attending Friday night’s vigil from left, Fran Berting, Sharon Stover, Mike Wismer and David Izraelevitz. Photo by Greg Kendall/

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