LANSINGBURGH, NY - The Lansingburgh community gathered Friday night for a candle light vigil at the 9/11 Memorial.
One by one, all 26 victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy were remembered. A local pastor read each name aloud.
"I feel very sad and mad," said eight year old Gianna Isager, as she watched white balloons released into the air for the young victims and teachers.
"It is really sad that people die and I feel sorry for the people who are dying," she said.
Isager who is in third grade told News10 she wanted to be there to pray for the families in Sandy Hook.
"We do watch the news and the children watch the news I think closure is important," said Isager's grandmother, Betsy Isager.
"It's almost Christmas, three days and it's horrible that their children died and their Principal," Isager said.
Mourners held onto their candles as the pastor of Trinity church in Lansingburgh talked about the need for communities to unite and love one another.
"When you know your reading the name of a little girl who is six years old and Christmas is coming up, that's just heartbreaking," said Pastor John Kelly.
"It's supposed be a holiday where families gather around to be with each other and with friends," said Isager.
But even at her young age, she realizes many of the families in Sandy Hook will be without a young loved one this holiday.
"I was thinking I'm so sorry that they died," she added.