Response to tragedy in Newtown

Image: Fairfield UniversityThe following statement was issued by Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. in response to today's tragedy in Newtown:

The entire Fairfield University community shares the enormous grief that is being felt by those affected by the tragedy that took place this morning in Newtown. We have students, faculty, staff and alumni who live in the area and our thoughts and prayers go out to them and the entire community impacted by this devastating event. Although we currently don't have students working at Sandy Hook, we have worked closely with the school in past years, placing graduate students for clinical field experiences there. Members of the Fairfield University staff are assisting the Sandy Hook school community in grief counseling efforts, as well as providing support to any members of the Fairfield University community who may have connections with those involved.

At 4 p.m. today there will be a one-minute moment of silence to remember, honor and pray for the victims, their families and friends. A candlelight vigil will be held at 6 p.m. in Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola.

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Posted on December 14, 2012

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