Crime Jill Biden and Sheryl Crow Attend Vigil Remembering the Victims of Nashville School Shooting The six victims killed during Monday's mass shooting were honored Wednesday during a city-wide vigil By Ingrid Vasquez Ingrid Vasquez Twitter Ingrid Vasquez is a Digital News Writer at PEOPLE. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Journalism. Before joining the team, she worked as an Editor at FanSided and provided work in the celebrity and lifestyle space for brands that include Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, EW, and more. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 29, 2023 10:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email The city of Nashville is in mourning. Two days after a 28-year-old shooter opened fire at the Covenant School in Nashville, killing three of its staff members and three of its students, members of the community joined together for a vigil at Nashville's Public Square Park. 3 Children, 3 Adults Killed in Nashville School After 28-Year-Old Shooter Opens Fire; Shooter Also Dead "Just two days ago was our city's worst day. I so wish we weren't here, but we need to be here," Nashville Mayor John Cooper said early on during the event that remembered the lives of Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9, Hallie Scruggs, 9, William Kinney, 9, Cynthia Peak, 61, Katherine Koonce, 60, and Mike Hill, 61. JOHN AMIS/AFP/Getty Added Cooper: "When words just can't carry the weight of what's in our hearts, we must reach out to each other to help each other carry the load. To think of all the hugs that they would've had and all the hugs we can still give each other." Wade Payne/AP/Shutterstock Before the night's musical performances began, Cooper thanked First Lady Jill Biden for "dropping everything and coming to Nashville." Joe Biden announced Monday that the United States flag would be lowered to half-staff in honor of the six victims. 'We Are Grieving Tremendous Loss': Here's What We Know About the Nashville School Shooting Victims JOHN AMIS/AFP/Getty Members of the country music community also made an appearance, with Sheryl Crow performing "I Shall Believe" and Margo Price performing a rendition of Bob Dylan's "Tears of Rage." Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show performed "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake thanked the city's first responders as he addressed the crowd, saying, "Our police officers have cried and are crying with Nashville and the world. I have cried and continued to cry and have prayed for Nashville as well." Speaking with NBC News, the police chief speculated that "resentment" may have motivated the shooter to go on a killing spree at the private Christian school the assailant once attended. RELATED VIDEO: School Maps and Additional Weapons Found at Home of Nashville Shooter Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage, and details of intriguing unsolved cases. "There's some belief that there was some resentment for having to go to that school," Drake said. In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, The Covenant School said, "We are grieving tremendous loss and are in shock coming out of the terror that shattered our school and church. We are focused on loving our students, our families, our faculty and staff, and beginning the process of healing."