COLONIE, N.Y. - Last week's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary has affected people all across the country and in the Capital Region, many not able to put into words the sorrow in their hearts, and instead turning to music and reflection to cope.
The words and music of "Amazing Grace" filled the Victory Christian Church in Colonie Monday night, every victim's name of the Sandy Hook shooting being read out loud.
As Pastor Muller delivered a message of comfort and peace to the congregation, Monday's vigil carried a lot of meaning for many, including David Graham's family. Graham has two young children, ages five and seven.
"You can't really put it into words, it's just a feeling inside," says Graham. "It just makes you focus on what's really important in your life."
Graham says the grief of Newtown, Conn. knows no boundaries.
"Anyone with children or relatives, that's the first thing that comes to your mind," he says. "That could have been my child."
As the Grahams and other families prayed and reflected, Pastor Muller's two daughters lit a candle for every victim.
Cassie Muller became emotional at some points.
"To imagine if it was my sister, or even if it was me, and I was leaving behind my family," says Muller. "And as I lit each candle, it was humbling."
At the vigil's conclusion, the music of "Silent Night" filled the church, the attendees hugging one another for support.