We stand with you.
That was the message Canberrans wanted to send to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran as they held a vigil outside the Indonesian Embassy in Yarralumla on Tuesday night.
The grim outlook for the Australian death-row pair did not stop about 30 people who clutched candles as they made a last-gasp plea for Indonesian president Joko Widodo to stop the planned executions.
They were among thousands who attended vigils in capital cities across the country in a show of support for the two men and their families and to ask that their lives be spared.
But their pleas fell on deaf ears. Chan and Sukumaran were among a group of eight prisoners executed on Nusakambangan prison island early Wednesday morning.
Yarralumla's Lynn Russell stayed outside the embassy overnight until 7am Wednesday, before returning to the site about an hour later bearing a sign, 'Widodo is a coward'.
She said the group who braved the cold in the early hours were "shell shocked" on hearing news of the execution.
"I'm appalled and shaken and disgusted," she said.
"We couldn't believe it. There were lots of tears.
"It's a tribute to the judicial system these boys were rehabilitated the way they were. What have they [the Indonesian government] achieved?"
One car tore down Darwin Avenue Wednesday morning, honking in agreement with Ms Russell's sign, while a cyclist placed flowers next to the wax-stained footpath.
A night earlier the area was lit with candles, bunches of flowers and signs reading "Mr Widodo please help" and "Show mercy".
The group held the signs up to cars that drove in and out of the embassy's driveway under the watchful eye of police and security guards.
Some brought a thermos, chairs and picnic blanket, others planned to stay through the night.
Darwin Avenue was lined with cars as people made the pilgrimage to the embassy later in the evening.
Organiser Rochelle Cooper, of Downer, was motivated by Mr Sukumaran's sister's plea for Australians to gather and plead for mercy.
"I really hope that at the last minute Joko Widodo changes his mind," she said Tuesday night.
"As long as there's life there's hope and we just have to keep hoping and campaigning as long as possible."
As a mother and grandmother, Ms Russell, couldn't imagine what the pair's families were going through.
"Ninety per cent of Australians identify with the suffering these families are going through because of a stupid mistake they made in their youth.
"No-one's doubting they've committed a crime and they should be punished, but not by death. The punishment should fit the crime.
"And murder is a greater crime than drug smuggling."
Ms Russell said the men had been successfully rehabilitated and had much to offer.
"If these boys could come back to Australia they could be so useful in our schools, they could tell kids around the country what happened, how torturous this was, how wrong they were, how they shouldn't have done this.
"They'd be so useful."
Michael Stone, of Fraser, fundamentally objected to the death penalty and said the two families would be left with a lifetime of grief and heartache.
"I couldn't not come down in good conscience."
With Emma Kelly