(Memphis) It's been a week since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut that left 26 people dead, most of them children. Friday, hundreds in the Mid-South took time to honor the national day of mourning.
The chiming of bells filled churches all across Memphis Friday, one ring for each of the 26 victims police say were killed when Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hooks Elementary and opened fire.
Bell ringing and moments of silence in churches weren't the only tributes held in the Mid-South.
"This is real life, this is bigger than sports. People have died and there are scars left on the people who are surviving," said Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins. He, his wife Angie and Shelby County Books for Birth donated 300 books to Sandy Hooks elementary
"This is an opportunity to get them to be able to get away from things that are going on their heads," said Hollins.
While many across the country are asking why did this happen.
"The only answer we have is that God weeps with us. God was the first one to weep. In our time of mourning. God embraces us," said Minister Ben Roberston, with Calvary Episcopal Church.
It's people here in Memphis that hope their gestures show those surviving, the world still cares.
" I pray that God comforts each and every one of them," said Hollins.