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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

On this day three years ago, 26 people were killed after a shooter opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

And in Dubuque, about 40 people gather in Dubuque's Washington Park to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of that tragedy.

"What we're doing here tonight is just try to raise consciousness so we can end violence in general, and in particular, gun violence," said Carolyn Farrell with the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

For her and a number of sisters, that tragedy hit a little too close to home.

"Most of the people standing in this group were teachers, and we know what that means first hand to be in a classroom and deal with tragedy," she said.

Tim Moothart, the event's organizer and co-chair of the Dubuque Coalition for Non-Violence, asked people to bring flashlights, candles or any other form of light to the event.  He says it means much more than just adding a little light to the event.

"We believe that a candle represents hope for people. And we believe there's hope in America for the future without gun violence," he said.

Many hold signs on the corner of the street, some asking those passing by to "honk for peace", while one person holds a sign that reads, "World Peace."

They also took time to read the names of the 26 victims of that horrible tragedy, honoring each one.

"Needless lives will not be forgotten," said Moothart.

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