NEWTOWN, Conn. - Candles lit the first night in Newtown since a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook elementary, killing 6 adults and 20 children. "Innocent children, very innocent children and I just can't imagine how these parents are feeling," said parent Linda Schaffer.
Hundreds packed St. Rose Church to pray, including a seven year-old little boy who was in the school at the time. He said he was at the vigil for one of his teachers who passed away.
Everywhere you turn, it seems, another heartbreaking story. Alumni wait to see if their former teachers will pull through. Former student Timothy Cervea said he was there to support one of his former teachers, who is undergoing surgery at Danbury Hospital after shielding a girl from bullets.
Parents recall the terrifying moments when they didn't know if their kids were alright. "It was the longest drive of my life," said parent David Connors. "My heart just goes out to those families that weren't as lucky as us."
With each candle they light, they hold onto each other even tighter, praying for peace.