Close to 300 people turned out for a brief candle-light ceremony in Prescott Wednesday night in honor of the children and teachers killed during the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week.
People came to the courthouse lawn with a variety of types of candles, some even bringing battery-powered candles.
Twenty-eight luminaries lined the courthouse steps where Central Baptist Church Pastor Perry Johnson addressed the crowd.
The names of the 20 children slain in Sandy Hook Elementary School were read while the crowd lit their candles.
Johnson, who serves as a chaplain for the Prescott Police Department and Arkansas State Police Troop G, wore a police uniform for the event. He told the community we have to be responsible for our children and their safety.
He also asked people to be mindful of the emergency service workers and police that respond to tragedies like the one in Connecticut. He said that Kevlar vests can’t protect against what is experienced when having to deal with those situations.
The approximate 10-minute service ended following a prayer by Pastor Johnson.