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Local band looks to organize vigil for Sandy Hook shooting victims

The mass shooting inside a Connecticut elementary school has brought Americans together to mourn. Here in Central New York, many wanted to show their support at a vigil in downtown Syracuse, so what’s the holdup?
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The mass shooting inside a Connecticut elementary school has brought Americans together to mourn. Here in Central New York, many wanted to show their support at a vigil in downtown Syracuse, so what’s the holdup?

Plans for the gathering have apparently stalled. It turns out, the overwhelming response to the planned vigil have actually caused its delay.

Organizers, in this case the lead singer of a local band called “Under the Gun,” wanted to hold the vigil in Clinton Square with the Christmas tree as a backdrop.

But the costs required by the city for police coverage and a permit were well beyond their budget, which is why they’re now looking for someone to donate a new location.

Typically, playing sets to big crowds, scheduled well in advance, “Under the Gun” looked to hold a spur-of-the-moment vigil for what they expected to be a modest gathering.

"Hey, how about we just go down to the Christmas tree in Clinton Square and just bring an acoustic guitar and kind of just do a couple of measures of John Lennon's 'Give Peace a Chance',” said Mark Reagan, who plays bass for Under the Gun.

Along with a candle lighting and reading of the young victims’ names, the band’s lead singer came up with the plan.

“I went on our Facebook page and asked if anybody knew if the city was throwing a vigil or anything that we could go to and nobody knew of anything and somebody said I should get it started,” said the band’s lead singer Lee Anderson.

To their surprise, word quickly spread on Facebook and support snowballed by the hundreds.

The city took note and told the band such a gathering would require the proper permit. The band is now looking elsewhere.

"Someone offered a farm house, a couple of bars were offered, so there's a lot going on. We're weighing all the options and looking into things,” Anderson explained.

However, nothing is set in stone as of yet and location donations are still being accepted. To donate a location for the vigil, please call Stacey Waterman at DMR Booking Agency: 475-2500.

Get updates on the vigil on the band’s Facebook page.


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