More than 200 people, ranging from preschool age to the retired elderly, gathered Tuesday night outside a Lake Ronkonkoma funeral home for a multidenominational communitywide candlelight memorial service and listened to clergy who tried to give comfort to those grieving from Friday's killings in Newtown, Conn.
The Rev. Edward Seagriff of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church of Massapequa Park was one of those who addressed the somber crowd. "The death of a child. . . . The pain never leaves you. You just learn to live with it."
To help those who attended, prayers were offered, , sermons were said, and music was played, with leaders of various faiths there, including those from Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish congregations.
The service was planned Saturday, and quickly word was spread through places of worship, fire houses and the social media.
One Ronkonkoma woman, who learned about the planned candlelight memorial outside the Moloney Funeral Home at her church on Sunday, was there with her daughter and 8-year-old granddaughter. After the hourlong gathering, she said she was glad they came and that so many other people were also there.
"I think we put a little something back that's positive into the world," she said.