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Memorial service for Newtown shooting held in Bellaire

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BELLAIRE, Ohio -

The first of several memorial and prayer services to be held in the Ohio Valley for victims of the Newtown, Conn. shooting was held in Bellaire.

The service took place Tuesday morning at St. John's Catholic Church. The students at St. John's not only attended but participated in this prayer service.

They did the scripture readings, which dealt with consoling the grieving. They performed several songs, lighted candles as each name was read of the Connecticut shooting victims and afterward, both adults and students were clearly moved.

"It just breaks my heart to know that things like this happen in this world and I just pray that God will grant all these people his peace," said Lova Ebbert of St. Clairsville.

"It has to be really hard at Christmas time," said Austin Echemann, a 10th grader. "You know families getting together and stiff, knowing that their loved ones won't be able to see each other."

St. John's was the first to do this, but many other churches and schools are now scheduling candlelight vigils and prayer services also. They say the purpose is to honor victims, and support their families.