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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Twenty-six newly-planted redbud trees are being dedicated to the victims of the Connecticut school shooting. Nearly 200 local students took part in this ceremony at Tyler Park this afternoon.
The idea came from 10-year-old Henry Helmers when he was attending a candle light vigil in the park just a week after the December shootings.
Students also wrote messages to the people of Connecticut and linked them into chains around the trees.
Henry Helmers said, "I just thought of planting trees for the people in the shooting of Newton, Connecticut. And I hope they had a good life. I give a big thanks to everybody who helped make this happen."
Copies of the messages will be sent to Newtown Elementary. A charitable fund created by the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association paid for the trees.