(WBIR-Knoxville) One year ago, a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The shooting at Sandy Hook goes on record as the second-deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Many in Knoxville chose to honor the victims on the anniversary.
The non-profit, Organizing For Action (OFA), held a candlelight vigil at Danny Mayfield Park in remembrance of the 26 victims.
"I was just devastated. I have grandchildren and it really hurt me and I can still tear up when I think about it," said Carolyn Inman, a volunteer with OFA.
Organizers chose Danny Mayfield Park because of recent incidents.
"Unfortunately, we do have victims of shootings here in Knoxville. There was a woman who was shot not too long ago, close to here," said Chip Eastham, with OFA.
In June, just blocks away from the vigil, Uniqua Brown was killed in a drive-by shooting. She was the mother of four children.
"There is a lot of crime here in Knoxville... So it's happening everywhere and it's important to not forget," Emma Ellis-Cosigua said, with OFA.
Ken Libby with the Children's Defense Fund also spoke at the candlelight vigil.
Stan Carter, the founder of New Direction Outreach, led the group in prayer.
In Connecticut, church bells tolled 26 times to remember each of the lives taken from the shooting. Those at the Knoxville vigil lit candles while a bell rang out 26 times, as well.
Many at Saturday night's vigil said they want state lawmakers to tighten gun control laws.