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Vigil held at area Charlotte elementary school for shooting victims

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DAVIDSON, NC (WBTV) -

Mom, dads, students and teachers gathered at Davidson Elementary Saturday night for a candlelight vigil honoring the 26 shooting victims in Connecticut.

Mom Mary Helms says she heard about the shooting at work. "I couldn't stop thinking about it," Helms said. The mother of two took to Facebook, rallying the community to gather and send up collective prayers.

"This could happen anywhere…we use to like to say [Davidson] is Mayberry..that we live in a bubble..but no one is in a bubble anymore..unfortunately," Helms said.

Stephanie Shryock has three kids at Davidson Elementary. She spent part of the day painting the rock outside with a candle and the word PEACE. At the vigil she rang a bell after each victims' name was read.

"What if that had been Jack or Nick or Sidney..it's too much..I can't go there," Shryock said of her own children. "Newtown is very much like Davidson, North Carolina. Newtown is small town, a cute main street very much like where we live and who we are."

The group gathered around the flag pole, where the flag flies at half-staff. "When you gather in the community you feel so much more of a magnitude when you're lifting up prayers and concerns as a community rather than as an individual. Sitting at home I felt very helpless," Shryock said.

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