SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - The Schenectady community came together with song and lit candles for the Newtown shooting victims Sunday night. Also a Hindu Temple in Loudonville did the same. Its organizer had a personal connection to one of the victims and says he still can't believe his friend is gone.
As families gathered together in prayer at this temple in Loudonville the Hindu Temple's secretary and NYS Department of Education employee Ved Shravah's heart was especially heavy as he shared memories of a close friend he lost Friday in the Newtown shooting. Dawn Hochsprung the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary was among those brutally shot and killed. Shravah recalls speaking in her class as she attended Sage Colleges for her doctorate degree.
"She was such a sweet smiling lady. She had a lot to offer. She was very passionate about the children, very passionate about education. I was very impressed. I think that she had a bright future in education and its a big loss for children. For all of us," said Shravah.
Shravah says Hochsprung was always a bright light in the room. He last saw her just weeks ago.
"I never thought that I wouldn't see her again. She was young. She was charismatic. She was a great person, always smiling," recalled Shravah.
Shravah spoke with students at the vigil. They understand the magnitude of the loss too and are sad that those 20 children killed will never get to return to their school.
"Like they're missing fun things in school and I feel bad for them because they're not learning anymore," said 8-year-old Avaneesh Benki of Loudonville.
When asked if he was afraid to go back to his own school Avaneesh Benki's answer was heartbreaking.
"Yes," said Benki.
In Schenectady a vigil was held too with feelings of deep sadness for the victims. People came out to light candles and sing songs, praying for the victims.
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