Hundreds of people gathered last night at a night time vigil to remember the people shot dead yesterday in one of the worst shootings America has seen.
The St Rose of Lima church in Newtown, Connecticut was filled to capacity, with hundreds more outside, praying and holding candles for the victims and their families.
The gunman shot dead 18 children aged between five and 10 and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School before killing himself.
Two other children shot at the scene died in hospital later.
Connecticut governor Dan Malloy gave an official statement to the press on behalf of the state, saying that "evil visited this community today".
Many of the victims were, he said, "beautiful, beautiful children, who had simply come to school to learn".
"Their day ended a very different way than any of us could possibly have imagined. Quite frankly, as we stand here today, still can't imagine what transpired there."