Mass Shooting in Conn. Sparks Support in Metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Across the nation, there is a show of support for those affected by what happened in Newtown, Conn. Saturday, and that includes right here in the metro.

Dalton Daily strums his guitar singing to a crowd gathered at the JC Nichols Fountain in KCMO.

“My heart dropped honestly,” he said when learning of the mass shooting.

There are 28 dead, including 20 children. Daily said one of those kids is distantly related to him.

“It’s the husband of distant cousins it’s his niece,” Daily said.

But you didn’t have to know any of the victims to be there.

“Everyone either has kids or knows kids, and so I know that we’ve all looked at the kids in our lives lately and seen oh my gosh it could’ve been,” Jennifer Plumberg from Blue Springs said.

“To me it’s like we’ve been silent for a long time and we don’t recognize each other anymore,” Monica Koenig from Leawood said.

That is why several more events like this popped up across the metro.  What was supposed to be a Christmas caroling event at a Blue Springs park for members of the Oak Grove Seventh Day Adventist Church, started off with a prayer for the victims and their families.

“I want to set an example for these kids and say you know there’s still a lot of good things in the world,” member Tiffani Bradbury said.

Earlier in the day, KCMO Police Chief Darryl Forte, alongside police commissioner and CEO of Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, Alvin Brooks, and Third District City Councilman Jermaine Reed, held hands in prayer, hoping for a future with less violence.

The police chief said he can’t imagine what first responders processing the scene had to see.  Forte asks people not to forget about them when sending prayers.

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