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Some Tucsonans turn to prayer to keep those in Newtown, CT close at heart

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

On Sunday, many places of worship in Southern Arizona were packed with people keeping the families of Newtown, Connecticut close at heart.

"It's a tragedy that gets into our heart," said Maria Atondo.

In the midst of a tragedy that's left a nation heartbroken, many like Atondo attended church. But, unlike her normal Sunday, today her prayers were focused on the families of Newtown, Connecticut.

"In a case like that, a tragedy like that, I think everyone has to go through spiritual thinking so you can pass through this tragedy," said Atondo.

During Father Gonzalo Villegas' homily, he acknowledged that he and most of us are hoping for answers.

"It is beyond my imagination what their loved ones are going through. Wondering why? How could this happen? Especially all these children who died," said Villegas.

Parishioners, Gilbert and Mary Munoz know all too well the pain of losing a child.

"I think we have to turn to God in situations like this. We lost our son in 2005 and if it hadn't been for our faith and faith in God, I don't know what we would've done. I'm sure these families are in the same situation now," said Gilbert Munoz.

With several mass shootings in recent months, Father Villegas says there's comfort in coming together to support one another.

"We ask you to continue to pray for the end of violence around the world," said Villegas.

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