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CT fundraiser planned for gun violence vigil

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Tom Sullivan is on a quest for gun control following for the death of his son. (WFSB) Tom Sullivan is on a quest for gun control following for the death of his son. (WFSB)
NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Those who have lost loved ones to gun violence will come together in Newtown this weekend.

They're raising money to continue a vigil that's been held in our nation’s capital every year since the Sandy Hook school shooting.

A Colorado father traveled to Connecticut for the fundraiser and explained to Eyewitness News the importance behind his journey.

"He wasn't only just my son, he was my best friend,” said Tom Sullivan as he showed pictures of his son, Alex Sullivan.

The pictures show Alex Sullivan frozen in time at the age of 27. His memory lives on in photos, memorial bracelets, and a tattoo on his dad's arm.

"7-20. That's the day Alex was born, and the day he died,” Tom Sullivan said.

The day of the theater shooting in Aurora, CO. was July 20, 2012 where Alex Sullivan was celebrating his birthday by seeing the Dark Knight with 12 co-workers.

"Alex wasn't in the wrong place at the wrong time, he was right where he was supposed to be,” Tom Sullivan said.  “And to let people know that only through the grace of God you're not sitting where I’m sitting. You could be me."

Since Alex’s death, his dad has been working to spread that awareness across the country. This weekend, he comes to Connecticut to team up with the Newtown Action Alliance to raise money for the national vigil for all victims of gun violence.

"Try to bring them together and connect them,” David Stowe, with Newtown Action Alliance, said. “To let them know that they're not alone, there's people who understand what they're going through."

This year’s event is the third year for the vigil. It will be held in December in Washington, DC around the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Tom Sullivan said he hopes holding the vigil in our nation’s capital will eventually help turn his push for awareness into change.

"We can't just shrug our shoulders and say, ‘well that's just kind of the way it is,’” Tom Sullivan said.  “I just don't believe that this is the way it is."

That fundraiser breakfast is set for Saturday morning.  For more information on the event, click here.

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