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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Colorado school shooting came just one day before the one year anniversary of a deadly shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.

As the nation paused to remember the 26 children and teachers killed in the massacre, a local group honored them and other victims killed by violence.

Their stories are heart breaking.

"My son was murdered two years ago. Sitting down in his car unexpected."

Many will never know what these people have been through, all having lost loved ones to violence.

This was the 15th time the survivors of a violent loss have met during the holidays, a chance to share experiences with those who understand.

"We get together with other people who have lost their loved ones. And we honor our children that way," Dayna Herroz said.

Their meeting fell on the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings. They hung ornaments for their lost loved ones as well as the 26 killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.

"We know what they're going through and so this is just our silent way of honoring their loved ones also," Herroz said.

"For the one year mark, it's gonna be very private, just the three of us," Nicole Hockley said.

Nicole Hockley lost her son Dylan in the Newtown shooting. She spoke nationally about how she, her husband and son Jake are doing one year later.

"Jake has his good days and his bad days, just like my husband and I do. But he is -- he is loved and he is supported. He misses his little brother terribly," Hockley said.

Bill Sherlach lost his wife at Newtown and shared how he's been able to lean on the families of other victims.

"This group of people, this club that we have locally -- I draw so much strength from these people. I mean, I knew my wife for 36 years and three days. These people lost six and seven year olds. I can't imagine what they go through," Sherlach said.

Nelba Marquez-Greene lost her daughter Ahna. She thanked the nation for support and left them with a message.

"Thank you, join us, keep praying. Thank you for not forgetting," Marquez-Greene said.

Back here, a similar message on a day where they remember those they lost in San Diego, as well as Sandy Hook.

"I would like them to hug their child. Love their child, and remember life is short. You don't know when it's going to end. So if at all possible, be kind to one another," Herroz said.

Not only does their annual holiday meeting come the same day as the Sandy Hook shootings but just a day after the nations' latest school shooting in Colorado.

In his weekly address to the nation, President Obama honored the victims of Newtown. He also used it as an opportunity to call for more gun control measures, as well as more funding and awareness for mental health.

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