GREENVILLE -

Several people gathered at Town Common in Greenville for a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims killed in a tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Police in Newtown, Connecticut said 20 students and six adults were killed when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Communities everywhere are mourning the loss.

“When I heard about it this morning, it hit me so hard that all these children had died,” Greenville resident, Donna Doak said. Doak planned the vigil downtown in response to the shooting.

“It’s just something that pulled at me and I knew I had to do this,” she said.

Greenville resident Al Rice said he used to live not far from Newtown, and drove through the area often.

“It was a quiet, peaceful place,” he said.

Rice was one of many people who attended the vigil to talk, pray and remember the victims.

“I saw 9/11,” he said. “This feels like 9/11.”

The ceremony ended with a prayer for the victims, families and survivors of the shooting.