"If it were to happen to anybodys child...I mean like I said my heart goes out to the families and the loved ones that did have to go through that," says Rockford Morris. Morris has two children ages 6 and 8.
For many, the tragedy is incomprehensible. Administrators in the area say they are at a loss for words.
"Certainly we feel such loss and heartbreak for all the victims and their families but you cant help but personalize it when you think that we have a K4 school just walking distance from here," says Elmore County Superintendent Dr. Jeff Langham.
"I cant imagine anything worse. We do everything as administrators we can. The system does everything they can but that's just beyond belief," says Vaughn Road Elementary School principal Dr. Brenda Lindsey.
Some local schools tell CBS 8 News they will have counselors ready to speak with children and their families if necessary.
There is no doubt that people across the country are both shocked and saddened by the events that unfolded in Connecticut. Here in Montgomery, people say they feel for the families of the victims.
Throughout Alabama, parents are struggling to cope with the horror that occurred at an elementary school, a place some parents send their children everyday.
"It was senseless. Why? You stop and you have to think why? Why did he have to do it to the little children?" asks grandmother Tena Delgado.
"I'm just thinking about those poor parents and what they are going through, I can only just imagine," says mother Jaqueline Patterson.
Parents were visibly emotional as they waited for their children outside of Vaughn Elementary school. Some say they feel empathy for the parents who suffered loss.