Jenna von Oy, who played Six LeMeure on the hit 1990s teen sitcom,"Blossom," is speaking out on the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., her hometown.
The actress expressed her condolences in an essay that was published by People magazine Saturday.
"Every school shooting I've ever heard about has been exceedingly heartbreaking and has stirred feelings of both rage and sorrow in me,” wrote von Oy.
“Each one is tragic and awful, and there have been far too many of them in recent years. But Friday's massacre in Newtown has affected me in a profoundly personal way, as I have a unique perspective on the town. ... I am blessed to have grown up there."
Von Oy tweeted Sunday as she watched a broadcast of the prayer vigil at Newtown High School, “Watching the vigil take place at my high school auditorium tonight. It's incredibly surreal. Lots of heartfelt prayers going up right now.”
The new mother now lives in Nashville, Tenn., with her husband, Brad Bratcher, but was recently in Newtown to christen her baby daughter Gray at St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, the location of another town vigil Friday night.
She and Bratcher wed in 2010 at the Dana-Holcombe House, a bed and breakfast on Newtown owned by her former schoolteacher.
Yahoo! News noted that actor Dule Hill attended von Oy's wedding and tweeted about his time in Newtown, sending the actress love and prayers.
“So glad you've experienced Newtown's quaint beauty with me and have memories to draw on beyond this horrible tragedy,” von Oy tweeted in response.
Sharing other fond memories of the town, von Oy suggested that is “resembles a Norman Rockwell painting.”
“I am fiercely proud to say I was born and raised in Newtown. It is where I was brought home from the hospital, attended my first day of kindergarten, learned to ride my bike and climbed my first tree," she continued in her essay.
"As I watched President Obama's press conference [on Friday], I sobbed as he mentioned that the children who died had their whole lives ahead of them: graduations, weddings, having children of their own. I have celebrated every one of those milestones in Newtown. ... It is nearly impossible to unscramble my thoughts and put them to paper at a time like this, but I wanted to express my love and support for the town that has given me so many wonderful memories."
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.