Speakers at Monday's candlelight vigil in Springfield say there should be a discussion on policy in the aftermath of last week's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, but they say for now, the focus should be on healing.
Springfield, Illinois, vigil attendees remember the slain students and school officials of Sandy Hook
About 100 people gathered outside the District 186 administrative offices with lit candles in tribute to the six teachers and 20 students killed by a gunman last Friday.
Mayor Mike Houston was among the attendees, and says the murders hit close to home for him, since he has a granddaughter who is nearly the same age as the youngest victims.
Several speakers paid tribute to the teachers, who gave their lives while trying to protect their students.
And Pastor T. Ray McJunkins says that while it is difficult to understand the reason for such tragedies, people of faith must believe that the sadness will ultimately lead to something positive.