New Yorkers mourn Sandy Hook victims in groups and via social media
From insignias to songs, New Yorkers telegraphed their sorrow and their sympathy to the victims and survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy throughout the weekend.
Mourners and religious leaders from mosques, churches and synagogues gathered Sunday in Washington Square Park for a candlelight vigil and to try and make collective sense of the senseless killings.
The New York Giants striped their helmets with red decals reading "S.H.E.S." for "Sandy Hook Elementary School" in their game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome Sunday. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz wore cleats reading "Jack Pinto 'My Hero,'" in honor of a six-year-old victim who looked up him. "Today's game is for you," he tweeted. The New York Jets are expected to also wear insignias on their helmets honoring the victims when playing tonight (Monday) in Tennessee.
Park Slope parents spearheaded a memorial, vigil, and collection at the Old Stone House on Saturday for the families affected. "It's solidarity with other parents," Park Slope art director Ellen Butters old DNA Info. Others gathered Saturday at Riverside Park to sing carols and hymns. Even the Facebook and Twitter feeds of New Yorkers were ablaze with prayers, meditations and tributes to the victims, statistics on gun deaths and debates how to reduce the risk of future such tragedies by tightening up gun control laws.
The normally irreverent Saturday Night Live bypassed its normal opening skit to begin with a flickering candle, cutting away to the New York City Children's Chorus singing "Silent Night."