JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - A moment of silence began the Jubilate Christmas concert at Jensen Beach High School, led by conductor James Paul.
Students sang emotional songs, perhaps even more meaningful because some voices halfway across the country can never sing again.
On the other side of the school, Mary Chryssiadis watched her son play basketball, just like she does for all of his ball games, despite having just finished a grueling work day.
"My family's my whole life, so I try to get to spend as much time with my family as possible," she said.
As a prison medical doctor, Chryssiadis said she's seen some horrific scenes, but she says nothing can prepare any parent for what some had to endure, after a tragic school shooting in Connecticut left dozens dead.
"You go to work one day, and then you come home, and you don't have your family any more? I can't even imagine," she said.
Chryssiadis said although her children are older than the elementary students who were killed, she still cherishes every moment, and she wishes she could protect their innocence.
"They just don't understand the reasons why, and I think a lot of adults don't understand the reasons why something like this had to happen," said Chryssiadis.