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People cope with Connecticut shooting through faith

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- People across the nation continue to mourn and pray for the 20 children and six adults shot to death in a Newtown, Connecticut school Friday.

The tragic events unfolded just as Hanukkah was ending and a little over a week before Christmas.

"It really shook up everyone in the middle of the holiday but the idea of the holiday is the triumph of light over darkness and that we with our spirits we can overcome all obstacles," said Chabad House Rabbi Moshe Gurary.

Many services of all faiths held a moment of silence or message to children Sunday, trying to make sense of the tragedy.

"Confronting what is. And seeking god’s strength to work us through the bad moments of life. And tragedy comes to all people but this especially this time of year is so poignant and powerful," said Ebenezer United Church of Christ Pastor Ralph Anderson.

The mass shooting was surreal for one teacher, but she says prayer helped her through.

"I went home from work Friday afternoon and just immediately, my own children weren’t home yet and so I immediately pulled out the Bible and went into a state of prayer," said Ebenezer United Church of Christ parishioner Jennifer Mazur.

While some have used prayer to heal in the aftermath of the shooting, one churchgoer says the incident challenged her faith"

"It's just really hard to understand even when you believe in God, why would he have something like this happen," said Ebenezer United Church of Christ parishioner Annmarie Coleman.

"I think people will go one of two directions, where was god or we need to be closer to God and I think a lot of that goes back to your roots," said Chabad House congregant Dr. Stephen Pearl.

Some at services said it's important to work together- regardless of religion- to move forward.

"The only answer to it is to add light, to add light. To do something good, to do another mitzvah, another good deed, help another Jew, help another person, whether Jewish or not Jewish help another person," said Chabad House congregant Ben Oknov.

"I told my wife, all Sabbath, all my family was so sad and we're religious and we prayed for the families over there, no matter if it's Jew, Christian, Muslim, no matter," said Chabad House congregant Mendi Katan.

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