Funerals Become Sad Routine for Anguished Newtown as Mourners Set to Bury 2 More Teachers, 4 Children
Less than a week before Christmas, the grief-stricken community of Newtown, Conn., continued the heartbreaking process of burying the 20 children and six adults slain in an elementary school by a 20-year-old gunman wielding a military-style assault rifle last week.
At least nine funerals and wakes were held Wednesday for those who died when Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday and opened fire. Lanza killed his mother at her home before the attack and killed himself at the school as police closed in.
On Thursday, four more children will be laid to rest: 6-year-old Catherine Violet Hubbard, who will always be remembered for her smile; Benjamin Andrew Wheeler, a spirited and energetic 6-year-old boy who loved soccer and played the piano; 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who enjoyed hot chocolate with his favorite sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich; and Allison Wyatt, a 6-year-old girl who loved gardening and couldn’t wait to spend time outdoors in the summer.