CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) — Cheshire used New Year’s Eve to show support for a pair of families going through a difficult time.
A group called ‘Cheshire’s Lights of Hope’ has been selling luminaries in honor of the Gozzo and Settembri 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 were held in town for the popular teen.
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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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“It is amazing how one light, one candle can really brings hope and can encourage people to do something nice for somebody and it’s a beautiful sight, the candles will stay lit for 15 hours so you will see them burning all night long,” Cheshire Lights of Hope Vice President Jennifer Walsh said.
If you’re interested in supporting the Gozzo and Settembri families, you can still pruchase a lunimary for $5 at the R.W. Hines Ace Hardware store on Maple Avenue in Cheshire. All proceeds will be donated to the two families.
The money raised will go to the families.