The names of those who died in Newtown

Let us remember each and every one of these victims and their families.

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Rachel Davino, 29

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

Madeleine Hsu, 6

Catherine Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Lauren Rousseau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto,27

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison Wyatt, 6

Source: Connecticut State Police

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APS Parent #2

December 15th, 2012
6:37 pm

Let us also pray for their families and their community.

Pride and Joy

December 15th, 2012
6:38 pm

How could anyone walk back into that school?
I cannot imagine the children being able to go back to that place.
How does anyone transition back to the place where your brother or sister was murdered?
Does anyone know?
It seems likely that many of the murdered cihldren had older brothers and sisters in that school. I assume at some point the school will reopen.
How does a grief counselor or psychiatrist help teachers and kids go back to that place to learn? Is it even possible?
My husband, who never gets upset about anything and usuallly shrugs his shoulders at this news, took this really, really hard. I just cannot imagine the horrific pain the parents feel for their children who will never be alive again.

catlady

December 15th, 2012
7:52 pm

May God have mercy on us all, and may He bring comfort to those in grief.

William Casey

December 15th, 2012
8:21 pm

I cannot imagine recovering from this.

oldtimer

December 15th, 2012
8:34 pm

Prayers for families in that area….How will they make their children ever feel safe? I cry everytime I watch a news report and finally had to turn off the TV. And for the teachers…so many did the right thing….prayers do not seem enough.

Ron F

December 15th, 2012
8:43 pm

God help those families tonight. I can’t even begin to imagine the grief. And God help us all go back to school on Monday and help our kids feel safe.

Tired!

December 15th, 2012
8:52 pm

My prayers are with all of the families and community.

indigo

December 15th, 2012
8:57 pm

With this bad economy, I think parents of school children will have to get together and hire either an off duty police officer or a private security guard to be stationed at the front door while school is in session.

It would be affordable if all the parents shared in the cost.

Don’t ask the local school boards to do this.

They will plead “no money” while un-needed school “officials” sit on their fat butts.

Pride and Joy

December 15th, 2012
9:30 pm

Indigo, I understand your sense of urgency; however, even if we hired a police officer to stand by the front door, a gunman can shoot into the playground from anywhere outside the school just as the sniper did in Va.
As long as we allow guns, we will see this happen again and again. These heinous crimes are more frequent, not less. As we invent more efficient weapons and sell them to everyone, more murders will happen. These crimes will increase until we stop allowing guns.

I love teaching. I hate what it is becoming...

December 15th, 2012
9:55 pm

Monday will be difficult for those of us in the classrooms. We teachers began to hear “rumors” on Friday during school, as news like this travels fast – there is a hightened sense of alertness – just in case someone decides to copycat. However, the children were still innocent, so we could carry on with making the little holiday decorations and winter play practice – and if teachers’ smiles trembled a bit around the edges, who noticed? But come Monday, that innocence will be gone. How do I make them feel safe in a world gone so insane? How do I make it all make sense for them, when I can’t make it make sense for me? How do I look into their bright, questioning eyes without crying for lost innocence and lost lives all over again?

This one hit so close to home for me.

Lord, lend me strength.

K. M. Bell

December 15th, 2012
10:52 pm

No one wants to state the obvious, but it seems that we have an epidemic in this country. That epidemic is twenty-something white males going on rampages and shooting and killing as many people as they can. No one wants to talk about this, but we have got to find out what is causing these young men to snap. Ignoring the 200 pound gorilla in the room is not going to make it go away.

Beck

December 15th, 2012
11:29 pm

Treat others well.

Truth in Moderation

December 16th, 2012
1:27 am

Words cannot reach the depth of our soul as music can. Especially if the song is sung by the child prodigy, Jackie Evancho:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhVWHDxdd-U

Brenda LeSure

December 16th, 2012
3:53 am

As a woman of God, this saddens me. Every morning when I eyes are open we have to prepare ourself for the unthinkable, Yesterday we were unprepared! I know for everyone who is a part of this earth has a purpose. I lift my voice up to God is ask were those kids purpose fulfilled. The were innocent and harmless. They were angels in this world and they are now angels watching over their love ones. I deeply pray for all the families strength and healing in this time of grief, something I know won’t be easy. Guns are going to always be around no matter what. We as people must realize that there is wvil walking this earth with us and it is time to stand together and fight against it. We have to do something as children of God. When we stand and fight together, the evil is defeated. But when we stand against each other, it becomes stronger! My prayer to God, is that this horrific crime changes everyone mind and open their eyes to why we are here in the first place. It is time to stand with God and tackle the evil that are walking these Grounds!!!!!!!

dcb

December 16th, 2012
7:35 am

Sorry Indigo. But one security guard – even a dozen will never assure safety at any decent size public facility. Sick people will find a way to inflict their sickness on others when that drive strikes. At Sandy Hook even a locked front door with security precautions taken to assure entry was only after clearance didn’t work. A security precaution I’m surprised local firefighting officials allow. Usually they require all doors to be left unlocked to gain access in case of fire. I don’t have the answer, of course. But a knee jerk reaction of hiring a security force to be on duty during school hours is not one of them I’m afraid.

Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2012
7:37 am

What of Nancy Lanza? Are we sympathetic toward her as well? Or angry she provided the means, unwittingly or not?

Or do we just not know how to feel yet?

Pride and Joy

December 16th, 2012
8:28 am

Beverly asks a good question. How do we feel about the mom of the shooter?
I understand the hardship of caring for a child with autism, even one who was able to attend school. It was overwhelming for her. It seems she and her husband did the best job they could. She even took the child out of school to homeschool him. Life alone with a child on the autism scale is very rough.
I also understand the fascination with guns. She took her children with her to shoot targets. They learned to shoot guns from both mom and dad.
I think she could not have predicted this outcome or even imagined it.
That’s the problem. People who have guns think nothing bad will ever happen to them because they have guns; yet, just this week a dad went to sell his guns to a dealer and accidentally left a bullet in the chamber. He put the gun in the car and his little boy was killed in the back seat when the gun went off.
A four year old accidentally killed his two year old brother when he found a gun hidden in his parent’s closet.
Guns are never ever safe.
They are meant to kill people and they do. In the US, guns kill 87 people every single day.
Other civilized countries such as Canada and Great Britain have much more strict gun laws and they rarely see the gun murders we do in the US.
My heart goes out to the dad of the gunman but I also want him to give up his guns and admit he was wrong to own them. If he and his wife had not had guns, those 20 kids and 6 teachers would be alive today.
There is no prevention and no cure for autism.
There is definitely a prevention and a cure for gun murder.

Batgirl

December 16th, 2012
8:53 am

dcb, I have been told that, at least in my small county, firefighters and emergency medical personnel have master keys to schools.

Beverly, I’m angry that someone can obtain an assault rifle and that anyone would think they need such a horrible thing. I live alone at the end of a country road, and, except for my father’s old 22 rifle that I use to scare off squirrels, I will not have a gun in my house.

independent thinker

December 16th, 2012
9:09 am

All victims of an activist Supreme Court, a powerful gun lobby promoting the proliferation of guns for profit and a spineless bunch of politicians.

“”"”"”"A well regulated militia being necessary for the security of a free state”"-Pure gibberish according to our esteemed Antonin Scalia —Meaningless and Irrellevant!!!!!!!!!!!!

How would the shooter or his mother qualify as part of a well regulated Militia?????????? and tell me Mr. Scalia and Mr. LaPierre how was the security of the state of Conn. enhanced on Friday by all the guns sold to the shooter’s mother as part of some judge created natural right ???????????Judicial activism bought off by the NRA with the rest of the politicians cowering in fear. DISGRACEFUL

catlady

December 16th, 2012
9:31 am

Thank you, Ms. Downey, for publishing the names. It hits even harder thinking of them individually, rather than “the class.”

V for Vendetta

December 16th, 2012
9:47 am

Perhaps, instead of offering useless prayers, you should donate money, time, or effort to the victims’ families. Let’s do something that matters. Prayers, whims, and wishes count for little when they are sent to an almighty deity who remained idle while children were slain.

Does anyone know of a fund or cause directly related to the victims to which we can all donate? That would be far more useful and a far better way to show your support for the families who have endured more than we can possible imagine.

Pride and Joy

December 16th, 2012
9:57 am

I like your ideas, Vendetta; however, I think so much attention has been afforded that group that they really don’t need our help. I’d like to offer another suggestion; help a local family who have been victims of gun violence. I’ll bet a battered woman’s shelter would be grateful for the help.

Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2012
10:26 am

@independent thinker, what the NRA would surely say is that if we only had guns in the classroom.

Of course given what teaching conditions are, and how we routinely push teachers past any reasonable breaking point when it comes to the complete and total lack of support, there is a legitimate fear that a teacher may “snap” and use one on a student.

Add to that, what might happen if the teacher claimed, or indeed was physically threatened or even outright assaulted by a student?

Should a teacher, if legally allowed and fully trained to carry a weapon, be forced to suffer grievous, even permanent bodily injury, possibly even death, by being prohibited from firing on a student, regardless of circumstance?

Of course some teacher bashers would say yes, because the teacher is there “for the children”…knowing full well they’d pull a gun in a heartbeat if they suffered that kind of assault outside the classroom.

But even the most egregious of teacher bashers would be flummoxed if asked should a teacher be banned from discharging a weapon to protect a student from being possibly beaten to death?

Can you imagine the blame we would put on a teacher if they didn’t shoot a student who then committed homicide? And can we honestly say if a teacher did save a student’s life by discharging a gun, would that teacher have even a remote chance at being judged fairly?

Are these questions those who advocate guns in school are willing to answer?

Of course one thing that might possibly worth considering is a stun gun, which would have the advantage of being a non lethal weapon that could literally save a life without costing one.

Of course being non lethal, some teachers might end up discharging it ten to fifteen times a day, then telling Maureen, and Fox News “Well h3ll, it’s not like I paddled him or anything”

Not that I condone that line of reasoning of course…

Pride and Joy

December 16th, 2012
10:34 am

Bev, a stun gun is NOT a non-lethal weapon. Stun guns DO kill.
I think it is unthinkable to arm a teacher with anything other than training how to respond with her wits, not weapons, to all emergencies.

Mary Elizabeth

December 16th, 2012
10:40 am

Mary Elizabeth

December 16th, 2012
10:51 am

American exceptionalism

December 16th, 2012
11:18 am

Not to diminish this tragedy one bit, but everyday our president orders military personnel sitting in well-air conditioned trailers in the US to fly unmanned drones over the skies of Pakistan and other countries and orders them to fire missles that are killing dozens if not hundreds of innocent men, women, and children. Where are the names of these innocents who did absolutely NOTHING to threaten us here in the US? Where is american compassion for these murders? Where is the outrage that our president engages in such ruthless and immoral behavior? Oh, that’s right, it only matters when innocent americans die. Sorry, forgot what country I was living in.

Mortimer Collins

December 16th, 2012
11:56 am

Indigo suffers from Knee-jerk reaction disease.

David Sims

December 16th, 2012
12:26 pm

Politics that have exploded in the aftermath of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut. Leftists have been taking every possible opportunity to promote gun control. Stupidly.

There will always be criminals and crazies in the population. Laws banning guns don’t prevent these people from having and using guns. No prohibition, whether of alcohol, or of marijuana, or of cocaine, or of guns, has ever succeeded in denying access to the prohibited item by those intent on their abuse.

It is easily verifiable that gun crime in the United States is most severe where gun control is strictest, and that gun crime is least serious in the areas where gun restrictions are the fewest. New York City, for example, has strict gun control and a high rate of gun crime. Meanwhile, in West Virginia you can carry around a pistol or a rifle, openly, without any license requirement, and gun crime hardly ever happens there.

Why don’t people learn from experience?

Gun control laws don’t work because criminals break them. The laws authorize the state to punish gun-abusers after their crimes are committed, but they don’t prevent the crimes from occurring. If you want to prevent gun crime from happening, then you must take advantage of a simple, but very important fact:

Good people outnumber bad people. Or, sensible people outnumber crazy people.

Got that? Good. What it means is if everyone were armed, if everyone carried firearms all the time, the bad people wouldn’t be able to discharge their entire magazines into a helpless crowd. Instead, the good people would kill the bad shooter before he could fire more than 10% of his bullets, and that would save the lives of all the people who would otherwise have been killed by the latter 90% of the bad guy’s ammunition.

Now that’s a REAL improvement.

So what happened in Connecticut isn’t an argument in favor of gun control. Quite the opposite. It is an argument in favor of a universally armed populace. Unfortunately, in their panic, many people are reacting without thought, calling for the gun control “remedy” that history proves does not work, believing the leftist propaganda that sensible and thinking people would know better than to trust.

The gun-banners are moving fast to push their agenda on the American public because they know it is only a matter of time before the Americans start thinking more carefully than they are doing now.

See the photo of the teacher who was killed while shielding her students with her body? If she had had a gun to shoot back with, she might have had an even chance of shooting the gunman, instead of the other way around. If all of the teachers in the school had been armed, the gunman’s luck would have run out very fast. Nowhere near 20 children would have been killed because the bad man would have been dead before that could happen.

bootney farnsworth

December 16th, 2012
12:44 pm

having once lost someone to gun play (certainly not as horrifically as this) you frankly don’t recover. its not the gun, but the sudden violent loss of a life, almost always too soon.

the method becomes an issue mostly as a way to attempt to wrap your brain around it.

what you do is stagger forward, one second at a time, one minute at a time, one hour at a time. eventually the pain gives way to numbness, which gives way to a level of quasi acceptance.

you adapt, you cope. you never get over it. in a very real sense, time stops dead for you-forever. if you’re lucky, you keep your sanity and your family. if you’re not (and most people aren’t) you lose your family and a large part of your soul.

some lean on faith, some lean on family, some lean on mental health professionals. most lean heavily on drugs, legal and otherwise. more than a few crumble.

bootney farnsworth

December 16th, 2012
12:47 pm

@ V – you’re a stupid, pathetic, ignorant ass with no freaking idea what you’re taking about.

@ beverly – I’ll be glad to kick those questions around with you in a week or so. but right now. now if for the families, grieving, and trying to figure out what’s ahead.

bootney farnsworth

December 16th, 2012
12:58 pm

concerning Nancy Lanza:

of course she deserves sympathy, as do all the surviving members of her family. unless something comes out to show she had a direct hand in this, she is guilty of having a ill child and exercising her legal right to own something. in short, guilty of nothing at all.

she is gone, her child has done something horrific, and many innocent people are gone. she is, in her own way, as much a victim as anyone else in this mess.

while I’m sure V will disagree, the Amish (a religious sect) are big about extending grace and forgiveness to family of those who do them harm. they understand in a situation like this, they understand everyone has suffered, and are a victim.

the only truly guilty in a case like this -and yes V, I’m pointing directly at you – are those who would use this to push a political POV at the expense of the dead.

Pride and Joy

December 16th, 2012
1:32 pm

Bootney, preventing murder isn’t a political POV (Point of view.) Bootney, you’re pushing your own POV.
Of course this is exactly the right time to talk about how to prevent these crimes. We don’t have to all live by the POINT OF VIEW OF BOOTNEY. You have no right to declare yoursels as the one who specifies when or how we citizens express our point of view.

mom

December 16th, 2012
1:54 pm

For the sake of all our children and adults on the autism spectrum, please read these two articles:
http://www.autismspeaks.org/news/news-item/statement-newtown-connecticut

Statement on Newtown, Connecticut

Our hearts go out to the families and town of Newtown, Connecticut in the wake of this heartbreaking event. Several media outlets are reporting that the shooter might have had an autism spectrum disorder. Some have also inaccurately reported that there is a linkage between autism and planned violence. We ask that blame not be placed on people with disabilities or disorders in the midst of these types of tragedies and that everyone keep the families of Newtown in their prayers.
Elizabeth Feld
President, Autism Speaks

and this one, which is long to post, but extremely important to understanding the non-linkage of Aspergers and violence:
http://www.emilywillinghamphd.com/2012/12/autism-empathy-and-violence-one-of.html

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independent thinker

December 16th, 2012
2:04 pm

If the shooter’s mother had to be annually interviwed by a police officer to renew her permit to have assault weapons in a house witha son who met the average mass murderers profile- would this have happened?
If the NRA was forced to provide insurance for every gun owner- would this have happened?
If Georgia was not the lagest wholesale seller of guns sold to criminals, would gun violence decrease?
If every gun could be traced to the original seller by the ATF (and not blocked by the NRA) and the sellers to criminals were severe;y punished or sued would illegal gun sales go down?

Pride and Joy

December 16th, 2012
2:23 pm

I like independent thinker’s thinking — to require gun owners to carry insurance on their guns just as we do with cars and the biggest cost of car insurance is liability. If one doesn’t have insurance, no guns. We must have a national database for all guns and their owners and publish it. I live in a highly-polulated area. I have a right to know if the neighbor next door has Ak47s in his house and I want to know that about a potential home I am purchasing. I don’t want to live next door to the man or woman stock-piling weapons. Even in the most innocent of circumstances, a gun going off would pierce his home, mine and the body of me and my cihldren.
Common sense is uncommon when it comes to gun owners and users.

old school doc

December 16th, 2012
2:23 pm

I forced myself to read this list. Once again, I am sitting here in tears, sending prayers for strength and grace to the affected families.

I wish our elected readers would read this list everyday until something is done to curb the senseless slaughter of our children. It is the least we owe the families involved.

Beverly Fraud

December 16th, 2012
2:29 pm

“If the shooter’s mother had to be annually interviwed by a police officer to renew her permit to have assault weapons in a house witha son who met the average mass murderers profile- would this have happened?”

I’m guessing nothing. You have (far as I know) a gun owner with no criminal record and her son with no criminal record. Probably saying words to the effect of “While you’re interviewing me, a law abiding citizen there are criminals out there with illegal guns committing crimes”

Just imagine the backlash if the guns were taken, then she was the victim of a home invasion…

Prof

December 16th, 2012
3:29 pm

But why did she feel it necessary to have an assault rifle? When she had a son with Asperger’s Syndrome? The only purpose of this weapon is be able to fire many automatic rounds. That’s how her son was able to gain access to the school: he shot his way in with that assault rifle. As the Conn. Governor noted, “That’s what assault rifles can do.”

V for Vendetta

December 16th, 2012
3:40 pm

bootney,

I’m not sure what political agenda I’m pushing by imploring people to do what they can for the victims’ families in real life rather than offering useless thoughts and words. Words count for little against actions, as you’ve so eloquently proven.

Old South

December 16th, 2012
4:09 pm

“I wish our elected leaders would read this list everyday u”

Our “leaders” in congress are too busy buying male and female prostitutes. Look in the mirror, you all elected them…

Slowly but surely the States will take back their power as the federal government becomes unable to provide basic governance. No, this isn’t the new civil war, because people will freely and in justice stop following federal laws.

A teacher

December 16th, 2012
4:19 pm

I hear many people talking about God not being in the school after this tragedy. The place we need God is in the home.

RCB

December 16th, 2012
4:24 pm

My heart just breaks for all of the families who suffered losses, and for the whole community. This seemingly endless list shocks you into realizing just how MANY victims there were. You hear a number, but when you read the names and ages, especially those 6 and 7-yr olds, you just want to weep. I pray for their healing.

mom

December 16th, 2012
4:26 pm

@Prof –

Please do not become part of the Greek chorus about Asperger’s Syndrome. There is NO connection between Asperger’s and this kind of violence (see my previous post), and there has been no evidence presented that the perpetrator has ever been diagnosed with Asperger’s.

Pride and Joy

December 16th, 2012
5:45 pm

Prof makes a good point. Why an assault rifle?
It isn’t logical. People try to place logic onto an emotional action.
She, like most gun owners, wanted to feel powerful. Guns make people feel powerful. Assault weapons make people feel powerful. She showed off her new assault rifle to the landscaping guy as if she was showing off a new pair of earrings.
It’s compensating. Some people, usually men, do it with their cars. They feel inadequate and they “make up for it” with a car. Guns are the same way for many people. That’s why you see a lot of poor people with expensive guns. They live in a trailer and feel inadequate about their life but when they get a powerful gun in their possesion, they feel empowered.
It’s all emotion, no logic, Prof.

Violence abounds

December 16th, 2012
5:57 pm

Not to diminish this tragedy one bit, but everyday our president orders military personnel sitting in well-air conditioned trailers in the US to fly unmanned drones over the skies of Pakistan and other countries and orders them to fire missles that are killing dozens if not hundreds of innocent men, women, and children. Where are the names of these innocents who did absolutely NOTHING to threaten us here in the US? Where is american compassion for these murders? Where is the outrage that our president engages in such ruthless and immoral behavior? Oh, that’s right, it only matters when innocent americans die. Sorry, forgot what country I was living in.

Meanwhile far too many are calling for only the government (the same folks responsible for killing all those innocents in far away lands) to have the only guns in society. Wow!

Violence abounds

December 16th, 2012
6:00 pm

The same government that some want to be the sole possessors of guns in our society is the same one that passes a law that made schools “gun free zones”. Clearly they will be the ones to come up with a great solution. The drug free school zones seem to be working just about as well.

Truth in Moderation

December 16th, 2012
6:20 pm

@Vendetta
Many of the victims as well as Lanza and his mother were Catholic and attended church.
Your judgemental, ignorant words are like fingernails on a blackboard.

“At a later Mass at St. Rose of Lima, the priest stopped midway through the service and told worshippers to leave, because someone had phoned in a threat. Police searched the church and the rectory but found nothing dangerous.
An overflow crowd of more than 800 people packed the church where eight children will be buried this week. Lanza and his mother also attended the church. Spokesman Brian Wallace said the diocese has yet to be asked to provide funerals for either.”
http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/crime/agents-visit-conn-gun-shops-after-school-massacre/nTXtZ/

Truth in Moderation

December 16th, 2012
6:30 pm

A beautiful song of hope for believers….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSj31u3urvs

Truth in Moderation

December 16th, 2012
6:45 pm

May you find some comfort here……Thank you Jackie.
“Angel”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwSd6pd5UAQ