This is a photography blog and always will be as long as I have a say. Only one time before have we run a post about a news story and that was when we first started in 2008 two photographers were shot in Indianapolis while covering a fire.
This time it is much more tragic. As you all know last Friday morning a deranged gunman entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT and killed 26 innocent people, 20 of them children just 6 and 7 years of age. This was after he shot and killed his 52-year old mother in the house he shared with her.
We may never truly know what motivated this young man to go on this rampage or why in God’s name he chose that school. But there are things that we do know.
In some way nearly anyone you’ve come in contact with since last Friday has been affected by this tragedy. Total strangers weeping for total strangers.
I am a father of two teenage boys and while my heart breaks for those who are suffering I am so glad it wasn’t their schools. Many of us spent the weekend taking extra time with our families.
I, like all of you, grieve for those children, so innocent and precious now gone. Ripped away from their families, friends and classmates without a sane, logical reason.
I grieve for the families of the adults who lost their lives in the school that day. When they got ready for work on Friday morning none of them ever could have imagined the horror that would await them that morning. They are heroes. They perished at the hands of the gunman protecting several hundred other students and staff members. Their work will live on.
I also feel for the emergency workers who had to deal with and see the aftermath of the event in that school. The Newtown police, police from neighboring communities and CT State Police did what they could to ensure that the safety of the survivors was paramount. Also do not forget the EMS workers and volunteer firefighters who responded to the scene along with the personnel at the hospital.
In the emergency services you are taught that “life safety’ comes above all else. Many of those people mentioned above put their lives on the line that day.
Also I feel for the media who have to cover this event in a small town that no doubt does not want to be in spotlight and would like nothing more than to return to normal. To have to deal with grieving people on a constant basis for days on end en masse is not an easy assignment and most have done their jobs well.
And finally to the people of Newtown CT, you are in our prayers; we care for you and about you. We will give you the strength to move through this and push on to get back to the normal daily routine.
After this though you need to ask what is normal? Everyone in that small New England town has been forever changed by a man no one really knew.
My heart hurts so much that I wish I could adequately describe the pain I feel but then I realize it is nothing compared to the pain those families of the victims are feeling.
Remember we are strong, we are Connecticut and YOU are Newtown.
Here are the names of the children and adults killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in Newtown Dec. 14, 2012. They come from WTNH, Channel 8, New Haven CT.
Children (8 boys and 12 girls)
- Charlotte Bacon, 6
- Daniel Barden, 7
- Olivia Engel, 6
- Josephine Gay, 7
- Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
- Dylan Hockley, 6
- Madeline Hsu, 6
- Catherine Hubbard, 6
- Chase Kowalski, 7
- Jesse Lewis, 6
- James Mattioli, 6
- Grace McDonnell, 7
- Emilie Parker, 6
- Jack Pinto, 6
- Noah Pozner, 6
- Caroline Previdi, 6
- Jessica Rekos, 6
- Avielle Richman, 6
- Benjamin Wheeler, 6
- Allison Wyatt, 6
- Rachel D’Avino, 29
- Anne Marie Murphy, 52
- Lauren Rousseau, 30
- Mary Sherlach, 56
- Victoria Soto, 27
- Dawn Hocksprung, 47
Not on the released list:
- Nancy Lanza, mother of the gunman
Below is a list of the charitable contributions identified by some of the victims’ families. It is from the Newtown Patch.
Charlotte Bacon: Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Newtown, CT 06470.
Daniel Barden: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Daniel’s name to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown, CT 06470, or checks may be dropped off at any Newtown Savings Bank branch location. To donate online, go to https://newtown.uwwesternct.org
Josephine Gay: In celebration of her joyful and giving spirit, a charitable fund is being created in her honor. Information about this fund and her life will be released to the media shortly.
Dylan Hockley: Memorial contributions may be made to the Dylan Hockley Memorial Fund, 34 Charter Ridge Road, Sandy Hook, CT, 06482
Catherine Hubbard: In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Newtown Animal Center, PO Box 475, Newtown, CT 06470
Chase Kowalski: In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Chase Kowalksi Scholarship Fund, c/o Peoples Bank, 470 Monroe Tpke., Monroe, CT 06468
James Mattioli: In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in James’ memory to the James R. Mattioli Memorial Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank, 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470.
Noah Pozner: Memorial contributions may be directed to the planting of trees in Israel.
Caroline Previdi: Contributions in Caroline’s memory may be made to “The Toy Chest”, St. Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470.
Jessica Rekos: Memorial contributions may be made to the Newtown Rotary Sandy Hook School Fund, PO Box 263, Newtown, CT 06482.
Victoria Soto: The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Victoria L. Soto Memorial Fund for Education, through the Funeral Home. For more information or to make an online condolence please visit www.adzimafuneralhome.com.
Benjamin Wheeler: It is suggested that contributions in Benjamin’s memory be made to the Benjamin Wheeler Fund. The B.C. Bailey Funeral Home of Wallingford has been entrusted with the arrangements.