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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

One by one, Alabama State University leaders read the names of the shooting victims in Newtown, Connecticut after pastors lifted up prayers of healing and encouragement.

"God is still great and greatly to be praised," says one pastor.

Staff member Nataly Barnes remembers the moment she heard what happened at Sandy Hook Friday morning.

"It popped up on my computer and I actually sat there and cried," says Barnes.

Barnes says the events that day rattled the world--most especially people with children.

"I have a 17 year old and nieces and nephews and I can't imagine me dropping my child off at school one moment and getting a call the next moment stating they had been killed," adds Barnes.

Pastor John Ed Mathison admits speaking publicly about the incident is difficult for him.

"Try to have some control of your emotions because I've got grandchildren. It could have been my grandchildren, it could have been any school," says Mathison.

And that's why the faculty and staff members took time to reflect--knowing events like those in Newtown can happen anywhere.

"I hope that they know that all people, all races, all ages are really feeling for them," says faculty member Dr. Tommie Stewart.

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