They were lit to show support to people thousands of miles away.
But distance doesn't matter to Misty Boerger.
"Because as a woman I couldn't imagine getting a phone call that my children had been shot," she said.
Neither does the fact that she didn't know any of them personally.
In fact, it didn't matter to any of the families as they gathered to sing, pray and release a baloon for each of the victims of a little town called Newtown.
"It happened somewhere so small that no one had ever heard of, whose to say that it cant happen right here where were at," said Nichole Keyes, who helped organize the candlelight vigil held at Oscar Rose Park in Abilene.
"Anytime we hear of anyone being a victim like this it really hits home for everybody," said Wendy Bramblett, who also helped organize the vigil.
Mothers and fathers held on tight to their little ones.
Age didn't matter here.
Even 12 year-old Jordan Boerger lit a candle to show her support.
It didn't have to happen and because it did hearts were broken.
Tears were shed even as far out as Abilene, TX for all of the 27 pictures that were hung at the vigil.
Photographs of people whose light will continue to shine and impact thoussands of miles away.
A memorial was also set for anyone to leave flowers or messages.
Twenty six of the victims were teachers or students at Sandy Hook Elem.
The 27th victim was Nancy Lanza, the mother of the shooter, 20 year-old Adam Lanza who was found dead at her home.