Communities around the nation are coming together to support each other in the wake of Friday's mass school shooting. Together in local vigils, they send thoughts and prayers to the community of Newtown, Connecticut. Online, people are also posting their thoughts on Facebook as a way to express their sorrow. Below are some of the comments shared with us on Facebook. We will continue to feature your comments on Facebook.com/HLN.
My heart has been crying since the Sandy Hook Elementary story began. I hug my children extra tight each and every single time they pass me. I pray long and hard throughout the day for peace, especially for those who have lost someone in this horrific event! I think it's time for us to come together, as a nation, and remember that we are on the same side. So many political issues have risen from this, and we all have our opinions. In the shooting, America lost a huge chunk of innocence. Those children didn't care about political America. They cared about life, and rainbows, and love. All of the things that most of us grown ups have let fade in our lives. My prayers and deepest condolences to the victims, their families and the entire community of Newtown. :( - Beth W.
My mom and dad taught me at a very young age to never take for granted that you will always have another chance to give a hug or say I love you. Justin and I have instilled this in our daughters. So please, before parting even just a quick trip to the store, ALWAYS hug and say I love you, because you never know if that's the last chance you'll have. Even if your mad at a loved one NEVER forget to say I love you for that may be the last time you have the chance. I love each and everyone of my family and friends even if we rarely speak please know I do love you. - Kerri R.
My heart is heavy because of this tragedy. The loss of so many innocent children and adults in this community. The nation mourns with them. But now they are soaring with God's Angels and wrapped in His Love. - Lynanne P.
I hurt for the losses. This one burns a terrible image in my brain that keeps me tearing up. I do not know any of the people there, but my heart and prayers are definitely with all that are hurting right now. - Tracy A.
As a parent and a compassionate human being in general my heart is completely broken after hearing about and following this tragedy on the news. I bought a sympathy card yesterday and will be sending it to the school. What is this world coming to? All those innocent lives taken away so violently and for what? I pray that the people in this community find comfort in each other during this extremely difficult time. It makes me realize how lucky I am that my loved ones are safe. May they all rest in peace. Love and prayers all the way from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada. Take care and god bless. - Kim P.
Most humans are caring, generous, compassionate and kind. This week is a good time to remember this. I hope the community in Newtown comes to know that a nation is grieving you. - Sherrey W.
I don't think that the events of the day has left a single parent untouched and without pain. Sadness for the victims, anger towards the gunman and gratitude that we can come home and hold our own children tight. We may never know the shooters motives and it is frustrating to know he can not be held accountable here on earth. It is Gods place to judge someone for their sins and to punish accordingly, not ours. I get a little peace knowing this guys ultimate judge just happens to be a father himself and whatever punishment he may have faced here on earth, would be nothing compared to the wrath of a grieving father. Our prayers are with the families of the victims. - Chad C.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and families of the victims involved in the Sandy Hook tragedy. Words cannot express how much sorrow that I feel for your loss. Praying for the community of Newton, CT. - Shannon P.
A big THANK YOU to all of the officers, firefighters, and EMTs for their bravery and doing everything within their power to save the lives of the people and children at Sandy Hood Elementary and Clackamas Town Center. - Kathy M.