In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Chicago, several groups in the Tennessee Valley held a vigil at Miller Park Sunday evening. 

The vigil was also to honor those effected by the 61 shootings this year in Chattanooga. 

"Gun violence effects everybody," said Jill Weitz, a member of 'Moms Demand Action.'

Those in attendance Sunday night said that change starts in this community.

"The goal of today's event was to bring awareness to the victims of these past two mass shootings and also to acknowledge people that die of gun violence in our community every single day that go unnoticed," said Julia Becker, a member of the group 'Students Leading Change.'

Several groups lead Sunday night’s vigil including Moms Demand Action for gun sense in America, LePaz Chattanooga, Tennessee United, and Students Demand Action. 

"The message is we need to stand together against hate," Weitz told Channel 3. 

The groups hope to spark change in Chattanooga. 

"We want people to let our senators let our congressmen and congresswomen know that we want universal background checks," Weitz said.