Conn. shooting victim has San Diego ties: Avielle Richman used to live in Mira Mesa neighborhood

SAN DIEGO - 10News has learned one of the victims in the Connecticut school shooting has ties to San Diego.

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6-year-old Avielle Richman used to live in a Mira Mesa neighborhood before her family moved to Newtown, Conn. last year. 

Authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary school and shot dead 20 children – including Avielle – and six adults before taking his own life on Friday. Lanza's mother Nancy, who was found dead in a home in Newtown, was also believed to have been shot by Lanza.

Avielle's funeral has been set for Tuesday.

On Saturday, San Diegans honored the victims as though they were San Diego's own without knowing that Aviella really was.

Parents at St. Paul's Cathedral held their children closely as they prayed for the victims and their families.

The Rev. Canon Allisyn Thomas seemed to lead the service with a full but aching heart.

"Jesus looks down on this and just weeps," she said. "That we can do this to each other… to our human family and God says, 'This is not what I want for you.'"

Thomas added, "God wants us to be in the midst of what's painful and what's ugly and to try and bring some hope at the same time acknowledging the sadness."

The congregation rang the bell 28 times for the 27 victims and the gunman.

"To feel that when you hear the bell mourn… this experience that we're all going through together as a country… it was really a beautiful moment," said C.J. Ametrano, who attends St. Paul's Cathedral.

Thomas said, "It's a combination of sorrow and sadness and also hope that God is with us and somehow we're going to learn from these incidents and finally say, enough."

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