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Newtown shooting victim remembered in Berks County

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 15 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 17 2012 11:20:43 AM CST

Newtown shooting victim remembered in Berks County

ROBESONIA, Pa. -

Berks County resdients are remembering a Connecticut school shooting victim with ties to the area.  Nearly 100 volunteers tied ribbons and memorials Sunday in honor of six year-old Charlotte Bacon, whose father is a 1988 Conrad Wesier High School graduate.

One of those volunteers was fellow six year-old Alyssa Murray of Sinking Spring.

"It's really sad that the bad guy had to come in and shoot all the kids," she said.

Volunteers fanned out from Conrad Weiser Middle School to several towns in Berks County, tying ribbons in green and white, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"It's very hard to imagine what it's like when one of our classmates was hit by this tragedy," said Pam VanOstenbridge, a longtime friend of Charlotte's father, Joel Bacon.  "He was one of those people who would always help you out."

Organizer Melissa Rogers did not know Bacon, but wanted to help anyway.

"It just felt like it was something that should be done," she said.

And in this close-knit community, dozens of people answered the call after reading news of the effort on Facebook and social media.

"People are there for him, whether we can be there with the family or not," said Rogers.  "Whether we even know him."

Alyssa's mother, Marcie Murray, teared up when thinking of the school shooting massacre.  She brought her daughters to help them understand.

"I just told them there was a man who went to this school, and that he has a little girl, and she was at school, and a bad man came in," said Murray.  "And he was mad at his mommy, and so he took it out on the kids."

A packed vespers service was held late Sunday afternoon at Conrad Weiser High School.  Candelight vigils were also planned for Sunday night at Fifth and Penn in Reading, and at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem.