With somber words, prayers and hymns, the churches in downtown Waukesha remembered the victims of Friday’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut, the Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek and the 2005 church shooting in Brookfield.
Friday’s horrific shooting is a bleak reminder of the violence the southeastern Wisconsin community’s faced in recent months. Adam Lanza killed 20 children when he opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Six adults were also killed during the horrific mass shooting, including the principal at the school.
Authorities have not yet determined a motive. Early reports that Lanza’s mother was a teacher at the school were incorrect.
About two dozen people gathered Sunday night for the special prayer service and candle lighting at First United Methodist Church in downtown Waukesha. With calls to become compassionate, merciful and peacemakers, the small crowd was quiet and emotional as they prayed for peace.
Sunday morning brought attention to Friday’s tragedy as well. Pastor Todd Pope at First Assembly of God lead his congregation in prayer services for the Connecticut elementary school.
"The only thing we can do is just cry with them, but Father you're able to touch their hearts,” Pope prayed, according to TMJ4.