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Candlelight vigil tonight for young victim of Connecticut shooting

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A candlelight vigil will be tonight at the Aurora Family Therapy Centre (Sparling Hall), at the University of Winnipeg, in memory of Ana Marquez-Greene, who was killed in the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

Ana, who used to live in Winnipeg with her family, was in Grade 1 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where she died in the horrific shooting.

Her mother, Nelba Marquez-Greene, was a licensed therapist who worked at the University of Winnipeg during her time here.

Randy Rehbein, director of therapy at Aurora, said he expects more than 100 people to attend the vigil, which will take place at 7 p.m. outside the centre at U of W.

"There are many among our community grieving and we expect a lot of people to come out," he said.

On Tuesday night, the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautels Faulty of Music is hosting a memorial concert and vigil to honour the life and spirit of Ana, whose father, Jimmy Greene, is a former faculty member.

The vigil and concert begin at 7 p.m. at Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Rd., Fort Garry campus.

This concert is open to all. The organizers of the vigil ask that cameras and recording devices not be used so that those attending the event can pay their respects without disturbance.

"At the University of Manitoba, the death of Ana Márquez-Greene is very personal for the many friends of Jimmy Greene who were taught by him or worked with him at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music," said president and vice-chancellor Dr. David T. Barnard. "We offer our sincere condolences to the Greene family and their friends. We also express profound sadness for all the families who lost their loved ones in the tragic and senseless shootings in Newtown."

From 2009-2012, Jimmy Greene made a tremendous impact through the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music as a performer, teacher, and colleague, U of M officials said today In the international jazz community, he is often called "the gentle giant" in recognition of his giant talent as well as his gentle and giant spirit.

"Since Dec. 14, my colleagues and I have struggled to come to grips with this horrific incident, and we cannot even begin to comprehend how our dear friends and the many other victims' families are coping with this tragedy," said Edmund Dawe, dean of the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. "To the countless families impacted by this horrific event, we extend our deepest condolences and we keep you in our thoughts and prayers."

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Updated on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 3:11 PM CST: added video link

3:14 PM: edit

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