First Shooting Victims Laid to Rest

By: Randall Pinkston; WIFR Email
By: Randall Pinkston; WIFR Email

NEWTOWN, CT (CBS NEWS) -- Horrifying details continue to emerge from Friday’s deadly elementary school shooting. Parents, teachers, and police officers are trying to figure out how to keep our kids safe.

Young children came for the funeral of one of their friends, Jack Pinto. Emotions are running high in Newtown as the community begins to lay 20 first graders and six adults to rest.

Family and friends also gathered to say goodbye to six-year-old Noah Pozner. The boys are just two of the 26 victims who died at Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday. Police are trying to figure out why 20-year-old Adam Lanza burst into the building and started firing a high powered rifle.

“Every single facet of the weapons will be analyzed. Every single round of ammunition will be looked at and examined for any kind of physical evidence,” said Lt. Paul Vance with the Connecticut State Police.
Throughout Newtown - there are memorials like one for the victims and their families. People from across the northeast are traveling here to pay their respects. Maristella Rapo drove three hours from Massachusetts to bring teddy bears. She no longer feels her own children are safe.

“There’s no way out. They tell us not to be paranoid, but how can we not be?,” asks mourner Maristella Rapo.

There was no school today, so some parents brought their kids to a local rec center to have some fun.

“It's exactly what the kids need after such a terrible tragedy,” said Stuart Hall, a Newtown parent.

Crews are renovating an old school nearby for students who survived the shooting. It's expected the building will be ready for classes later this week. Sandy Hook Elementary remains a crime scene and it is not known if it will ever reopen.

Today, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn called for lawmakers to seriously consider a ban on assault rifles when they return to Springfield in January. He last tried after the movie theater shooting in Colorado.


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