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Sandy Hook 5 Years Later: Victims Remembered on Anniversary of Shooting

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In this Dec. 14, 2013, file photo, a makeshift memorial with crosses for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre stands outside a home in Newtown, Conn., on the one-year anniversary of the shootings. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP Photo, File)

By    |   Thursday, 14 December 2017 10:40 AM

Sandy Hook victims are being remembered five years later after the shooting tragedy at the Newton, Connecticut, elementary school left 20 children and six adults dead on Dec. 14, 2012.

Adam Lanza, 20, who had earlier killed his mother Nancy Lanza in their home, barged into the school with a semiautomatic .223-caliber Bushmaster and fired on the first-graders, CNN reported. He took his own life as police arrived and moved in on him.

"Not a day goes by, not even a minute, when I don't think about Jesse and miss him," Scarlett Lewis told People magazine about her 6-year-old son who was killed in the shooting. "The silence when we came back to the house was deafening and sometimes still is."

Some relatives of the Sandy Hook victims said that things have not gotten much easier over the past five year.

"It gets harder," Hannah D’Avino, whose older sister Rachel, was a therapist at the school when she was killed by Lanza, according to People, "You realize what you've lost a little more each day."

Rebecca Kowalski, who lost her son Chase, 7, in the shooting, started a youth triathlon program to honor the passion of children in response to the shooting, Newsday wrote.

"You have two choices," Kowalski told Newsday. "I could be in the bottom of a bottle; I could not get out of my bed. Or, I could do what's making us heal a little bit every day."

Alissa Parker and Michele Gay, who lost their children Emilie Parker, 6, and Josephine Gay, 7, in the tragedy bonded through the experience and formed Safe and Sound Schools, a foundation that provides information and resources about school safety, noted Newsday.

"I feel very solid that this is what Josephine wants me to be doing, and Alissa feels the same way about Emilie," Michele Gay told the newspaper. "We made a deliberate choice to be guided by our children and their spirits. We wanted to be positive. We wanted to avoid the political and some of the hot button issues and be focused on the practical things that everybody can do to make the community safer."

Sandy Hook Promise, a group lobbied for mental health care changes and gun control legislation,

was cofounded by several Newtown families, including the parents of first-grade victims Dylan Hockley, 6, and Daniel Barden, 7, Newsday noted.

"We absolutely know it's making a difference because we've trained over two million children and adults in the last 2 1/2 years," Nicole Hockley told Newsday about its work with students and school personnel in recognizing bullying and other possible threats to schools.

According to National Public Radio, the Sandy Hook victims include Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Rachel Davino, 29; Olivia Engel, 6; Josephine Gay, 7; Ana M Marquez-Greene, 6; Dylan Hockley, 6; Dawn Hochsprung, 47; Madeline F. Hsu, 6; Catherine V. 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; and Allison N Wyatt, 6.

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