KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It was one week ago that 26 people were killed in the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. A local church hosted a special prayer service on Friday to remember the victims.
Church members say it was a time to reflect on what happened and to show their love for the families in Connecticut.
Members of Cumberland Baptist Church on Western Avenue came together at 9:30 a.m - the same time the victims were shot and killed in the deadly shooting.
Tears came to many of their eyes as they took time to remember those who died.
"As Christians it shows our solidarity and support for our brothers and sisters who have tragedy in their families," said Kerry Bond, the senior pastor at the church.
After several passages were read, each victim's name was read.
"Olivia Engle, age six. She was a great big sister and was very patient with her three-year-old brother," they read at the service.
Church member Keith Hargis organized the memorial. He felt it was important for the congregation to take time to reflect on what happened.
"I can't make any sense of what took place or why it took place," said Hargis, a deacon at the church. "The only thing I can do is go home and love on my daughter a little bit more and to reach out to the youth a little bit more to make sure they are loved and if they are having struggles tor each out to them and to make sure they are taken care of."
Pastor Bond says he hopes everyone can remember that through the darkness of what happened,there is light.
"We stress there is hope for the world and that hope is that the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who came to give hope and he is our hope."
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