Some Tampa residents impacted by gun violence stood together Saturday to remember those killed in Connecticut and here at home.
"Let come together and lets love one another," said Gloria Shellman whose stepson, Michael, was shot to death ten years ago. "Let's stop killing."
Many of the people who gathered at the Jackson Heights NFL Yet Center Saturday knew someone who died in a shooting.
"We have gone to funerals," said Stop the Violence Task Force Board Member Chloe Coney. "We have cried for our children. So we have felt the pain one by one."
As the sun set Saturday, more than one-hundred children and adults stood outside on the football field to light candles and release white balloons. They said they were in honor of their lost loved ones and the people who died Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary.
"We want to say to the families they're not forgotten," said Coney.
The event, planned months ago, proved more poignant this weekend as the nation mourned.
Organizers said the somber tribute followed a full day of celebrating life. Children were treated to performances, games, and prizes. They also sat through workshops on gun safety and how to deal with tragedy.
"There are children getting murdered and that's not what god made us for," said 9-year-old Tre-Vaughn Beckham.
Several community groups teamed up to put on Saturday's event including the Stop the Violence Task Force and the CDC of Tampa.