In response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, a community came together Sunday night to play music to raise money for the Sandy Hook Family Fund.
Mark Barden, father of Daniel Barden, one of the 20 children and six adults killed at Sandy Hook, played alongside former New York Yankee Bernie Williams to kick off the night.
"It's an honor for me be able to give back to this community that has given so much to me and my family and to all of the families," Barden said.
During the performance, one of Williams' guitar strings broke, but he continued playing.
"This is a funny thing, though. I've only met Mark a few times but for some reason there has been some strange and great connections through mutual friends and family members that has basically led me to this moment here today," Williams said. "And hopefully more. But this particular moment is very special because we're making a contribution to help healing this community."
Musicians from all over put on two shows for the Concert for Healing in the heart of Newtown, which was held inside town hall.
People from around the tri-state area made there way to Edmund Town Hall to hear all types of music and celebrate the lives lost.
"Many people have been affected by this horrible tragedy," said Marybeth Gawron of Woodbridge. "Hopefully some good can come out of this."
Organizers told Eyewitness News they had so many musicians contacting them wanting to be stage for the benefit concert that they actually had turn some musicians away due to lack of space.
All the proceeds from the event were donated to the Sandy Hook Family Fund, which the families of Newtown tragedy will have access to.
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