Eau Claire area parents who lost children hold candlelight vigil for CT victims

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EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) - Families gathered at Carson Park in Eau Claire Saturday night to remember the children killed in Friday's shooting in Connecticut.

Several parents, who lost their own children, said they wanted to show their support of the victims' parents by lighting candles in cups and walking quietly through the park.

Several members of the Healing Place group said having support from others in similar situations is an important part of the healing process.

"When you find out somebody's lost a child, let them know they're not alone in this. It's so hard to be alone," Peggy Maves of Menomonie whose daughter died of Leukemia in 2010, said.

"I lost a daughter about 14 years ago. It was a drowning accident. I think about her every day and these parents at Sandy Hook. They're just beginning a very difficult journey. And something that's going to stay with them the rest of their lives," Glen Mercier said.

The group meets twice a week through Sacred Heart Hospital.

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