Vigil in Newark bears witness to gun violence

By Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for
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on December 13, 2015

T-shirts with victims names were placed outside Trinity & St. Philip's Episcopal Cathedral as a the against gun violence was held at the church in Newark. 12/13/15


NEWARK — The shirts hung on crosses outside the cathedral bearing witness to gun violence.

Each shirt had a name. Baker. Townes. Brooks. Each one shot dead.

"It's so sad," said Connie Heginbotham as she walked through the area next to Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral filled with names.

Nearly 200 shirts were hung as "Memorials to the Lost," part of the public vigil at the cathedral on Sunday, the eve of the third anniversary of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

There were so many shirts that some had to be placed on the other side of the cathedral.

"There he is," said Dennis Brooks Sr. "My son...he was 26," Brooks added.

Dennis Brooks Jr. was killed by a gunshot in the South Ward of Newark on January 29, 2015.

Family members took pictures of the shirt.

Dennis Brooks Sr. stood slightly off to the side as he slowly removed his glasses and wiped his eyes.  He was surrounded by rows of shirts

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