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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Taft remembers victims of Sandy Hook shooting

  • Melissa Thome Butterick organizes candlelight vigil
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  • Taft held its own candlelight vigil to memorialize the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
    Melissa Thome Butterick, who works at Bangs and Tangles hair salon, organized the vigil and announced it on Facebook.
    It was held Tuesday night on the rig floor of the Taft Oil Worker Monument.
    "I wanted to do something, so I made an event on Facebook," she said. "This was such an awful tragedy that touched so many people. I wanted to get Taft involved."
    She brought candles and made signs – one of them adorned with butterflies and the names and ages of the children who died when a 20-year-old man opened fire with a military-style assault rifle, killing 20 6-and-7-year-olds and six adults in a matter of minutes.
    Butterick also brought as prayer book for people to sign.
    "I thought that would be a good way to send our thoughts and prayers to the community as it tries to cope with this," she said.
    The book will be available through the end of next week at the shop where she works. It is located at 404 Center St.
    "I hope people will come by and write their thoughts. Then we will send the book to them."
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