Moloney Family Funeral Home in Lake Ronkonkoma is holding a candlelight memorial service on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in memory of the victims of the shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Peter Moloney, who co-owns the funeral home with his brother Dan, 52, said he was compelled to hold a memorial service because he thought of his own kids when he heard about the tragedy.
“We got involved with this because we felt it was close to us,” said Moloney, 48, of Patchogue. “Everyone has children. I have kids. When I heard about it I cried. I think the community and people need to feel like there’s a place they can come together and pay tribute to these people.”
The service to be held at the funeral home, 132 Ronkonkoma Ave., will be a place for people to pay their respects to the 20 children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“It was supposed to be in the Mother Teresa Tribute Center, but with the overwhelming response from the community it might be moved outside,” said Amy Cutichio, a manager at the funeral home. “Once the community heard we were doing this the schools and fire department decided they were coming down. We’re also going to have a rabbi, priest and Lutheran minister.”
As Christmas draws near, the Moloney family said they felt it was the right thing to do.
“We need to pray for these people. The community is shattered,” Moloney said. “We felt compelled to do something for our community and allow people to come out and express their sorrow. They can light a candle in honor of these children and families that really need our prayers.”
For more information, contact the funeral home at 631-588-1515 or tweet them at @MoloneyFamilyFH.
Photo: Candles with the names of shooting victims are part of a memorial Sunday near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Dec. 16, 2012)