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Candle light vigil

MORRIS MOURNS

Morris Mourns

A pair of angel wings hang on the school sign as more than 200 community members gathered at the steps of Morris Central School this evening for a candle light vigil in remembrance of Jacelyn O’Connor. Pastor Brad Keator of the Chenango Christian Church led the gathered in prayers and singing “Amazing Grace”. Friends, family and classmates shared  memories of Jacelyn after releasing heart-shaped balloons into the sky. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Pride Community Holds Vigil

Pride Community Holds

Vigil For Trans Lives

Above: Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, head of the Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta, leans her head against that of Dakota Davis, Oneonta, during a candle lit vigil at First United Methodist Church in Oneontathis evening. The vigil was held in memory of Kendra Adams, a trans woman who was found murdered at a construction site in Ithaca on June 13th. “Her family has asked that she not be remembered as a person murdered, but remember her as the girl who accepted everyone.” said event organizer Elayne Mosher Campoli, right, with daughter Amelia. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 13 trans women of color murdered in the U.S. The names of the victims and the circumstances of their deaths were read aloud before candles were lit in their memory. Rev. Rebecca Drebert of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bainbridge, a trans woman herself, spoke on the importance of rejecting messages of hate and violence and believing love will win out. “I reject the idea that this type of violence is part of God’s plan.” she said, “The relationship that God wants with us is with our deepest, truest identity. We have all been wounded, and we need healing.” Other speakers included Rev. Teressa Sivers of First United Methodist in Oneonta,  Council member Michelle Osterhoudt, Oneonta, 10th grader Sadie Lincoln, Laurens, who read a piece she wrote called ’15 Lessons I Learned Before 15′, and musical performance by Leah Echstein, Oneonta, and others. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Rain Stops as Locals, Spiritual Leaders Hold Candle Light Vigil For Charleston Victims

Rain Stops as Locals, Spiritual Leaders Hold Candle Light Vigil For Charleston Victims

Even the rain stopped for a moment today as Trynati Donato, Stamford, lit candles for each of the victims of the Emmanuel AME Church shooting as her uncle Lee Fisher, head of local NAACP,  addressed the crowd gathered in Muller Plaza for a candle light vigil on Sunday. "When you see people of all races embracing and supporting of the city of Charleston, NC, how do we capture the spirit of the moments throughout this land not just for yesterday or for today, but for the days to come long after the cameras and reporters are gone?" said Fisher in his speech, "Nine lives were taken from us, but we who stay behind remember how evil tries to win, but we know love can defeat anything." (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Even the rain stopped for a moment today as Trynati Donato, Stamford, lit candles for each of the victims of the Emmanuel AME Church shooting as her uncle Lee Fisher, head of local NAACP, addressed the crowd gathered in Muller Plaza for a candle light vigil on Sunday.
“When you see people of all races embracing and supporting of the city of Charleston, NC, how do we capture the spirit of the moments throughout this land not just for yesterday or for today, but for the days to come long after the cameras and reporters are gone?” said Fisher in his speech, “Nine lives were taken from us, but we who stay behind remember how evil tries to win, but we know love can defeat anything.” (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
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