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Dubuque church holds vigil for Conn. shooting victims


A candlelight vigil at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dubuque Sunday night brought together about 75 people.

At this non-denominational service, speakers read from the Bible, quoted poets and leaders and sang songs.

One of the most powerful moments of the night came as organizers read the names -- and ages -- of all the victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting.

14-year-old Debbie Berthel attended the vigil with her family, who she said feels a connection to the victims.

"It made me feel sad," Berthel said. "Say if my little cousin died, I would've burst into tears. Like, they're like my own family because God is our-- everyone is brothers and sisters."

Berthel said she has a four-year-old and seven-year-old cousin.

Two friends, 18-year-old Shannon Black and 19-year-old Adam O'Dell, worked with pastor Arnold Flater of Trinity Lutheran Church to organize the service.

The friends said the vigil was a way to give people in Dubuque a place to mourn as a community. O'Dell said he also hopes the service reminded people that along with the bad in the world, there is also much good-- such as the support a community can offer those suffering in times of need.

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