Napans wishing to show their support for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last Friday, in which 27 people were killed, including 20 first graders, turned out at the CrossWalk Community Church in Napa on Friday evening to walk 27 laps around the gym, one for each victim of the Dec. 14 attack in Newtown, Conn.
Twenty-seven balloons, green and white after the school colors and bearing the names of the victims, stood at the entrance to the gym during the walk and were released into the night sky afterwards.
Four of the eight walkers wore handmade green t-shirts that read "I walk for Sandy Hook victims." The event, similar to ones held around the country today, was organized by Brianna McNeil.
Kelli McCandless, who came to walk with her 5-year-old-daughter Ella, said when she heard of the shooting she rushed to Ella's school to pick her up early.
"I just knew I wanted my baby close to me" McCandless said. "It's unbelievable that you could send your child to school one day and then they never come home to you again."