Hundreds of people gathered in Milford Saturday for the third annual James Mattioli 5K, which honors a young boy killed in the Newtown school shootings in 2012.
The course started in front of the Milford Fire Department, passed the James Mattioli Playground, and ran along Gulf Beach before ending at Fowler Field. The Foran High School band performed at the event.
“James was a baseball loving, active six-year-old boy who lost his life in the tragic Newtown School shooting on December 14, 2012,” states a Facebook page announcing the annual fundraiser. “James was born in Milford and later relocated with his family to Newtown. With a bunch of lasting happy memories here in Milford, the Mattioli family has decided to create a scholarship fund for a Foran or Law high school student planning to attend college.”