Sunday, December 15, 2013

By Kathy Wray Coleman: Remembering Sandy Hook on the first anniversary of the massacre, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama light candles at White House for the 26 victims, 20 of them elementary school children, Obama for Action group holds gathering in Cleveland at Dewey's Coffee Shop in Shaker Square to remember Sandy Hook victims, denounce gun violence, Church of Covenant in Cleveland also holds remembrance and stop-the-gun-violence ceremony

By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper(

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Newtown, Connecticut became a household name on Friday, December 14, 2012 when the heavily armed Adam Lanza (pictured), 20, shot his divorcee mother in the face multiple times, killing her, and then starred in a massacre, gunning down 20 first -graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School where his mother Nancy worked as a teacher. Among the dead adults were a school principal, a psychiatrist, teachers, and a school guidance counselor.
The troubled Lanza then turned the gun on himself with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
He left behind a slew of unanswered questions and re-ignited a ferocious debate on gun violence and gun control.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 marked the first anniversary of the brutal tragedy, the first of its kind in America and the second deadliest shooting by a single person behind the Virginia Tech Massacre of 2007.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured) lit candles at the White House on Saturday to remember those lost, and bells rang in Newtown, Connecticut before a ceremony was held there last week.
And Obama honored the victims during his weekly address on Saturday.
"Six dedicated school workers and 20 beautiful children were taken from our lives forever," Obama said. "But beneath the sadness we also felt a sense of resolve that these tragedies must end, and that to end them we must change."
The president also touched briefly on gun control during his speech
"We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting guns so easily, we have to do more to heal troubled minds, and we have to do everything we can to protect our children," said Obama.
In Cleveland, and following a night and day that brought six inches of snow to the city, Pat Brown, the chapter lead for Organizing for Action for President Obama, gathered with a group at Dewey's Coffee Shop in Shaker Square Saturday evening to remember the Sandy Hook victims, and to denounce gun violence.
"We are meeting to remember those killed and to step out for a vigil," said Brown, an Obama supporter who worked in Cleveland on the president's successful 2012 campaign for reelection.
On Sunday, December 15 Cleveland area faith based organizations remembered the Sandy Hook victims and others subjected to gun violence at the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland