CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) — A community group in Cheshire is inviting everyone in town to show their support for two families that have lost loved ones in the past week.
The group is called ‘Cheshire’s Lights of Hope’, and they are inviting residents to participate in lighting a luminary on New Year’s Eve to support the Gozzo and Settemri families. The group said that their goal is to show why Cheshire is such a warm and caring community.
“The simplest act of lighting a single candle, to light up the dark night will make a profound statement in showing our love and concern,” the group said in a statement.
On December 13th, 19-year-old Isabella Gozzo, a 2014 graduate of Cheshire High School, was killed in a car crash on Route 9 in Berlin. Multiple vigils have been held for Gozzo over the past few days.
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Just a few days later on December 16th, the Cheshire community was rocked again when another Cheshire High graduate, 19-year-old Christopher Settembri, was killed by his father in a murder-suicide. Many of the same people that attended the vigil for Gozzo then came together again to remember Settembri.
“I just think it’s great how everyone is coming together as one to be there for each other,” said Shea Brennan.
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Cheshire’s Lights of Hope is asking families in the community to visit the R.W. Hines Ace Hardware store on Maple Avenue to purchase a single luminary for $5.00 and place it out in front of their home on December 31st (New Year’s Eve) to honor Gozzo and Settembri. The proceeds from all sales of the luminaries will go directly to the Gozzo and Settembri families.