School shoot­ings:

Or­ga­niz­ers want fam­i­lies to know they’re not alone.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Brock Ver­gakis and Katie Zezima

Hol­i­day sup­port pours into New­town, Conn., as mourn­ers bring cards and hand­made snowflakes.

nEW TOWn, COnn. — Peo­ple drawn to New­town to share in its mourn­ing brought cards and hand­made snowflakes to town Mon­day while res­i­dents pre­pared to ob­serve Christ­mas less than two weeks af­ter a gun­man killed 20 chil­dren and six educators at an ele­men­tary school.

On Christ­mas Eve, res­i­dents planned to light lu­mi­nar­ias out­side their homes in me­mory of the vic­tims. Tiny empty Christ­mas stock­ings with the vic­tims’ names on them hung from trees in the neigh­bor­hood where the chil­dren were shot.

“We know that they’ll feel loved. They’ll feel that some­body ac­tu­ally cares,” said Treyvon Smalls, a 15-year-old from a few towns away who ar­rived at town hall with hun­dreds of cards and pa­per snowflakes col­lected from across the state. Or­ga­niz­ers said they wanted to let the fam­i­lies of vic­tims know they are not alone while also giv­ing Con­necti­cut chil­dren a chance to ex­press their feel­ings about the shoot­ings at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School.

Po­lice say 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother in her bed be­fore his Dec. 14 ram­page and com­mit­ted sui­cide as he heard of­fi­cers ar­riv­ing.

Since the shoot­ing, mes­sages sim­i­lar to the ones de­liv­ered Mon­day have ar­rived from around the world. Peo­ple have do­nated toys, books, money and more.

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