Updated 12/16/2012 04:23 PM
New Yorkers Hold Vigils For Connecticut Shooting Victims
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As investigators keep looking for a motive in Friday's school shooting rampage at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, New Yorkers gathered Saturday to remember the Sandy Hook victims.
A candlelight vigil was held in Union Square.
Vigil organizers said the vigil was also a call to action to put an end to gun violence around the country.
"I've got my brothers and sisters calling me as far as California," said Al Mott, who attended the vigil. "Everybody's grieving. It's just something that happened so close to us, Connecticut, so I feel like we're a part of this."
"Now when I come home, my mom is waiting for me a block in front of my house, and so I come with my friends, so I guess I feel safer to know that my friends and family are there for me."
Mourners also gathered for a candlelight vigil in Hell's Kitchen.
One teacher killed in the shooting was remembered as a hero at a candlelight vigil Saturday night.
Family members say Victoria Soto, 27, rushed to get her first-grade class safely into a closet moments before shooter Adam Lanza broke into her classroom.
"I'm also a teacher, and I can't even imagine going through what she went through," said Sarah Carrozza, a family friend of the Sotos. "I think her putting herself out there, she's just an angel, and she just went straight into heaven. There's no doubt about that."
Soto was in her third year of teaching at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The father of a 6-year-old girl killed in the shooting is speaking out.
Robbie Parker's daughter Emilie was one of the 26 people shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Parker said he's thankful for the outpouring of support he and his family have received, and described what his daughter was like.
"She was the type of person that could just light up a room," he said. "She always had something kind to say about anybody, and her love and the strength that she gave us and the example that she showed us is remarkable. She is an incredible person, and I'm so blessed to be her dad."
A fund for the Parker family has been set up on Facebook in Emilie's name.
The website is facebook.com/emileparkerfund.
Saturday Night Live paid tribute to the Connecticut victims with a special show opening.
The New York City Children's Chorus began the broadcast with a rendition of "Silent Night."
The performance was the program's only reference to the school shooting.
After a pause, the kids shouted out the traditional opening line, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"