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Eagle Mountain holds vigil for Sandy Hook victims

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Twenty six trees are being planted, in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. That dedication started with a vigil Tuesday night.
In Eagle Mountain, 26 trees are being planted, in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. That dedication started with a vigil Tuesday night.

It was bitterly cold, but that wasn’t stopping the community from honoring those who tragically died in Newtown, CT.

"We have a great community it's very supportive," said organizer, Deb Devey.

The names of each life lost were read, then the first tree was planted honoring 6 year old Emilie Parker.

"We decided this was something we wanted to show our support for. Not only as a neighborhood, but having 4 young boys of our own it kind of hit home a little bit," said father of four, Kevin Smith.

Despite the freezing temperatures, the parents there said it was important for their children to be at the vigil.

"You know I think our youngest is not quite so sure what is going on but we've definitely discussed as a family how easily something like that can happen to us and how important it is to consider how much we have," Smith said.

Parents like Smith hope their kids will understand why this tree was planted, and will be a reminder each day, how precious life really is.

The community has purchased 8 trees, but they need help paying for the other 18 trees. If you would like to help, call Brian at Cooks Farm & Greenhouse in Orem (801)225-8271.
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