People in central Iowa came together Saturday night to remember the lives of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins at a candlelight vigil at Gray's Lake in Des Moines.
Organizers say they didn't know the girls or the families but wanted to do something to remember Lyric and Elizabeth.
With candles lit, residents came together to mourn the loss of the girls.
"We were just supporting the family, because we thought it was a sad situation," said Alyssa Benshoof of Perry.
Like many parents across the state, Misty McGrean says the story hits close to home, which is why she decided to take action to organize this event.
"We've been following the story since it happened in July, and it's affected us greatly since we have children and it's in our own state and we decided we needed to come together to bring our community together and show everybody in Evansdale that there are other people out here who care," said McGrean.
Around 100 people showed, wearing pink, all bearing heavy hearts for the Collins and Cook families.
And although this tragedy happened more than 100 miles away, central Iowa residents say they feel connected to the girls.
"They've been gone for so long, it's so sad to see it, I love kids and it hurts me to see this right now, I cry all the time, I've cried since I've known about it it's very sad," said Mallory Smith of Des Moines.
The group came together to pray for the families and collect donations to help them through this difficult time.
McGrean says in times of need Iowans always step up and show thier support.
"We've always been a strong state, we'll continue to be a strong state, and it's affected everybody in the state, so that's why we need to come together," said McGrean.