EUGENE, Ore. – Five years after one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, a vigil will be in held in Eugene to remember the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7, along with six adults, were shot and killed at the school.
The gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, also killed his mother at her home. Lanza committed suicide at the school as police were closing in.
In the aftermath of the tragedy a new school was constructed, and a permanent memorial to the victims is underway.
In Oregon there have been 210 gun safety laws passed since Sandy Hook, according to The Giffords Law Center to prevent gun violence.
The vigil will be hosted by the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – Oregon. It starts at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the First United Methodist Church on Olive Street.