The impact was felt world-wide when 20 children and six adults were killed in a mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.
In the days following the shooting, the grief for the families and victims has been felt around the country.
As the families bury their loved ones this week, vigils have been set up around the Charlotte area to honor the victims.
There are three vigils planned in the area for Tuesday:
Shelby Prayer vigil 6 p.m. Tuesday at the historic court square in uptown Meet at the corner of Warren and Washington streets Attendees are advised to bring a candle For more information call Central United Methodist Church between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 704-487-6336.
Charlotte Prayer vigil held by Mothers of Murder Offspring 7 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall Park East 3rd Street If you need further information, please call 704-334-5056 or 704-517-8669.
Gastonia Candlelight vigil 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rotary Pavilion, 162 S. South St., Gastonia. Speakers include the Rev. Pierre Crawford of Center Baptist Church and Gaston County Schools Superintendent Reeves McGlohon