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U of M Vigil to Honour Sandy Hook Victim Ana Márquez-Greene

December 18, 2012 9:09 AM | News

Ana Márquez-Greene

The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Music is holding a memorial concert tonight in honour of Ana Márquez-Greene.

The six-year-old was killed last Friday in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Ana’s father, jazz musician Jimmy Greene, taught at the faculty for three years before the family moved to Newtown in July.

This concert is open to all. Organizers of the vigil ask that cameras and recording devices not be used so that those attending the event can pay their respects without disturbance.

“Since December 14, my colleagues and I have struggled to come to grips with this horrific incident, and we cannot even begin to comprehend how our dear friends and the many other victims’ families are coping with this tragedy,” said Edmund Dawe, Dean of the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music. “To the countless families impacted by this horrific event, we extend our deepest condolences and we keep you in our thoughts and prayers.”

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. in Eva Clare Hall, 65 Dafoe Road, on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus.

A similar vigil was held Monday at the University of Winnipeg, where Ana’s mother, Nelba, worked for two years. A memorial bursary in Ana’s memory has been set up where people can donate online. Under “Student Awards,” select the “Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Memorial Bursary” from the drop-down menu. A Facebook memorial page has also been created.