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Candlelight vigil held in Washington D.C. for Sandy Hook victims

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

The Newtown Action Alliance says an estimated 500,000 more Americans will have been killed or injured by guns since the tragic shooting nearly five years ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Dozens of people gathered for a candlelight vigil in Washington, D.C. Wednesday night to remember the victims and survivors of gun violence.

Next week marks five years since 26 lives were lost in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

People have gathered for the vigil each year since then so the victims, and the victims of all tragedies, are never forgotten.

The group sang and held up candles at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill as they mourned the victims of gun violence.

Families affected by the Sandy Hook school shooting and other tragedies, including the mass shootings in Charleston and Las Vegas, were there.

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as Representative Elizabeth Esty were also present.

Sen. Blumenthal addressed the group.

“Day in and day out when there's a massacre, it brings back your pain and grief,” says Blumenthal.

The Newtown Action Alliance, founded after the Sandy Hook school shooting, was one of the organizations that hosted the vigil.

According to the alliance, they will continue to shed a light on the devastating impact of gun violence until Americans demand action from their elected federal, state and local legislators.

The group also plans to address the public this morning at the Capitol Building to demand action to prevent gun violence.

Connecticut's Congressional Delegation will be present.

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