Various denominations came together to pray for healing.
"It's just unthinkable, and we just felt the need to come together," said Lorrie Icenhour, of the First Presbyterian Church of Garner.
"We have four children ourselves and I just can't imagine going through that," said Stewart Gregory, of Garner. "You know being witnessed to that or the kids that have to go back to that school."
With heads bowed, they offered prayers for families who lost, families who survived, and terrified teachers.
"We were told how brave teachers walked the children to the fire station around the corner as the children were told, 'Keep your eyes closed,'" said Susan Hobbs, of Garner United Methodist Church.
"Really, it's that support, that comfort that you get from coming together that gets you through these things," said Amy Gregory, of Garner.
They hope the light from their demonstration of love will bring healing.