STAMFORD — There will be more to mourn this year, again.
A vigil to honor those who lost their lives to gun violence in America will be held on the steps of Old Town Hall on Atlantic Street from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Enough Campaign is holding its third annual vigil in Stamford, one of 269 such events to be held in 39 states that are being organized by the Newtown Action Alliance.
The Thursday vigils follow one held Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The organizations participating in this year’s observance of the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting say they represent more than 25 million Americans who support common-sense gun laws that are proven to reduce the rate of gun violence, according to a press release from The Enough Campaign.
Since the slaughter in Newtown in December 2012, approximately 90,000 lives have been cut short due gun violence, including the recent attacks in San Bernardino and Colorado Springs, the release said.
In Stamford, members of the community will light candles to honor all victims of gun violence while survivors and family members of victims will talk about the lifelong pain it creates. Scheduled speakers include gun violence survivor Terri Hicks; a Westhill High School student who is a member of Future 5; Dana Horowitz, an Enough Campaign volunteer who lost her father to gun violence as a teenager; and Marni Amsellem, who will speak about the emotional affects of violence.
Jonathan Perloe, a leader of the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence and president of the Southwestern Connecticut chapter of the Brady Campaign said, “While the statistics of gun violence are unimpeachable, hearing the personal, painful stories of those whose lives have been affected by gun violence brings an intimate understanding of what the numbers mean to the millions of families and friends of the victims.”
In early November, gun violence claimed the life of Maxine Gooden, 43, who was selling her Jamaican food at Lione Park when a man settling score began indiscriminately firing a semiautomatic handgun in the park.
Since then, two men have been shot in Stamford, but survived their injuries, and two other shootings had police scrambling on the West Side. Three Stamford men have been charged in Gooden’s murder.
Photo above: A memorial for Maxine Gooden sits in Lione Park on Nov. 4, 2015. A vigil to honor those affected by gun violence will be held in Stamford and other cities Thursday night.