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Vigils, services honor Connecticut school shooting victims

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People pray and stand outside the overflow area of a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church on Friday night.

M. Alex Johnson, NBC News reports: Residents from around the region streamed Friday into St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn., to mourn the 20 children and six adults who were killed when a gunman opened fire in an elementary school.
The church was packed, and hundreds of people who couldn't get in stood silently outside, where 26 candles were set up by a tree wth a cross. Some held hands, praying as a group. Others reverently touched a statue of Saint Rose, the first person native to the Americas to be canonized by the Catholic Church, before crossing themselves. Read the full story.

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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.

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Mourners gather inside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church at a vigil service.

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Mourners look through windows from outside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church on Friday night.

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The second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history sent crying children spilling into the school parking lot as frightened parents waited for word on their loved ones.

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