FANWOOD, NEW JERSEY -- Led by Mayor Colleen Mahr, Fanwood hosted a candlelight vigil at the Dhammakaya Temple's meditation garden in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas massacre. The borough was among several municipalities in Union County to host vigils remembering the 58 people killed by gunfire at a country music concert near the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
"I'm brought to tears by the deaths of people I didn't even know. Lives cut too short. I've cried so many times this week, particularly when I heard about a single mother of three boys," an emotional Mayor Mahr told the crowd. "I'm the mother of three boys. I'm hurting. All of us are hurting."
The mayor was joined by members of the Fanwood Borough Council, several members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium and Moms Demand Action, and nearly 100 local residents who felt compelled to express their sorrow and outrage over the deaths. First responders from the Fanwood and Scotch Plains police and fire departments and rescue squads were on hand to show their support.
I want a world where this (mass shootings) is not normal. We must call our leaders and demand action. We should not be here doing this tonight. -- Mayor Colleen Mahr
The ceremony included prayers, poems and songs, along with the reading of names of all the people who were killed this week in the country's worst ever mass shooting.