Sandy Hook shooting survivor creates remembrance ceremony at Salve Regina University

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Salve Regina University honored the nine-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting Tuesday morning by ringing the bell at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel 26 times.

The 26 rings honored the 20 children and 6 teachers who died at the hand of a gunman. The rings were followed by a hymn that played the tune of “Nearer my God, to Thee”.

The remembrance ceremony was organized by a freshman at the University who was a survivor of the shooting. Anne Marie Carlson was in just 4th grade at the time. A spokesperson for the University says it was her first year away from home during the anniversary and she wanted to do something special.

“Anne Marie stepped forward, contacted our President, and asked if we could do something to recognize the day, which has impacted her so deeply,” Spokesperson Matt Boxler said. “We’re very happy she came forward and trusting in our community to have this type of gesture to show support for her.”

Members of the community showed up in support and to honor all those impacted on that day nine years ago.

“There’s still that fear. We talk about it and schools have done so much to change and protect, but there’s still that fear and it is still happening,” Lynda West said. “I hope that she hears the bells and I hope that she knows that people do care in the community.”

Categories: Newport, News, Rhode Island