Hundreds of Fulton County residents gathered to pay tribute to the lives that were lost in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a week after the shooting. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, the tragedy hit Broadalbin hard, because it's where the family of Sandy Hook's principal is from.
BROADALBIN, N.Y. -- "This is a way for the community to pay tribute, to gather together in our pain, and for the community to hopefully show the family how much and how deeply they are loved," said Linda Eastman.
People around the world are grieving over the losses in Newtown, Connecticut. Here in Broadalbin is no different. Hundreds lined the streets to pay tribute to the children, teachers, staff members, and of course, principal Dawn Hochsprung.
"To know friends, that we know, that shop here, had suffered such a tragic loss, it was just unreal," said Eastman.
Hochsprung's mother, aunt and uncle, and several cousins live in Broadalbin. Friends tell us she planned to move to the area some day as well. Thursday night's vigil was one way for the community to say goodbye.
"You think no one cares but look at how many came out, it's wonderful," said Carmella Repka.
Sherida Davis said, "Having this hit so close to home with the children then the principal's family, makes it even harder, so it was nice to see everyone come out."
Hochsprung was killed trying to protect her students. Residents say she will forever be their hero.
"I'm not sure anything we could do could equal what she did," said Eastman.