Iron River Community Pays Tribute to Those Lost in Newtown Connecticut

By KBJR News 1

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 11:31 PM CDT

Iron River, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) - It has been seven days since a 20 year old man walked inside a Sandy Hook elementary school and opened fire, killing 20 first graders and six adults.

Since then the communities across the country and here in the Northland have opened their hearts with support that can't be measured.

The tone was very somber as people mourned the lives lost in Newtown Connecticut.

About a dozen people took part in the vigil just outside the community's library.

The group listened to music and said several prayers for the 26 people whose lives were taken one week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

Community members also signed cards and could make a monetary donation which will be sent to the school.

One of the organizers for the vigil is a mother herself and felt this issue not only affected people in Connecticut but also here in the northland.

"You know, My son goes to school and it just really hurt me and I felt that we could...um... you know do this and come together as a community and pray for the victims and pray for the families that had to go through this," said Wendy Hissa.

The group was also joined by local law enforcement including the Iron River police Chief who said tonight's vigil was a good way to bring closure for the community.

To sign a card or make a donation, people can go directly to the police station in Iron River. The police department will be sending those out to Sandy Hook Elementary School at the end of next week.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.