Sen. Murphy attends Torrington vigil for KJ Morris

TORRINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Friday night’s vigil to remember Kimberly Morris, or KJ as her friends called her, featured Senator Chris Murphy, who led a 15-hour filibuster earlier this week for stricter gun control.

“It was amazing to see 40 of my colleagues come down to the floor of the Senate, spontaneously, organically, I didn’t expect that. I planned this with Senator Blumenthal and Senator Booker, it was just the three of us,” said Murphy.

As a result of that filibuster, votes on the amendments will be Monday. Specifically making sure that people who are on the terrorist watch list cannot buy guns, as well as expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales.

“I know one of the concerns, is the watch list accurate. I know you’ve heard this before. There is no doubt that that list or any other list might have mistakes, but nobody is complaining about the no-fly list right having a couple names that aren’t right,” said Murphy.

At the vigil, they lined up paper bags inked with the names of the men and women who died in the terrorist attack in Orlando. Shawn Brighenti read off the names and lit the electronic candles inside. On one of those bags, Torrington native, Kimberly Morris.

“She had the biggest smile, that you could ever imagine, ear to ear, always smiling at everything. She always made bad things into a positive,” said Brighenti.

Those candles in the bag will remain in the park overnight into Saturday, maybe even Sunday so that people can lay flowers and cards besides them. It’s part of the grieving and healing process and to honor KJ and the others lost in the Orlando nightclub shooting.

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