It was a night of tears, prayer and messages of hope.
Close to one hundred people gathered for a prayer vigil outside the Brown County Courthouse Tuesday evening to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting.
It was one of many vigils taking place this week across the country after last Friday's tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
The candlelight vigil included prayer, song and the names of each victim read aloud with the sounding of a bell.
"There are no words to ease the pain of what the families have experienced and endured over the last few days," Aaron Foster, the pastor at First Baptist Chursch in Mount Sterling said.
"It's a very sad time for them and we want to share in that sadness," Mitzae Mullens, the vigil's organizer said.
"We're here tonight to let them know that we're here for them, that we love them and that God loves them," Foster said. "There's just a hole in these families' lives and for me to be able to look at my childrens' faces and to see them right there, holding hands and then shedding a tear for these families...that speaks volumes."
"That's a universal feeling, how much we love our own children and how thankful we are that they're safe. We wish we could do something to help those folks out," Mullens said.
"We just unite together as a community and share with these families our love and support. And we just pray that they will be encouraged to know that there are others in this country that are sharing in their grief and sorrow at this hour," Foster said. "One of the greatest treasures to be taken away from you this time of the year, this season is that of a child. They're so excited about Christmas and anticipating Christmas day and these families have been robbed of that moment."