Brusly, LA (NBC33) — More than 100 people gathered at Alexander Park Wednesday night to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last week.
"Just to send support up to all the parents, for all the children, and to the classmates," said Thomas Johnson. I know they miss their friends, but I know they're also in a better place."
The crowd included dozens of children, who read the names of each of the 26 victims. This past week has been emotional for them in particular, and some cried during the event.
"When I heard about it at school," Daniel Mitchell said, "I believe I cried a little, and I felt bad for the people over there. And I almost cried over here."
Brusly is a small town, just like Newtown. That struck a chord with everyone who showed up.
"It is," Johnson said of Newtown, "but it's a small town with a big impact."
"I think it's kinda great that all these people are coming out here," said Tristan Mitchell.
Some people talked about what needs to happen to prevent the next tragedy. But simply being there to support the families that lost a loved one was enough to make their tears worthwhile.
"All I can say is I feel sorry," Johnson said. "You know, it really hurts, cause not only does it hurt Newtown, it hurts around the world, because everybody thinks, 'what if it was them? What if it was their child?' And that's all I can think."