Remembering the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting 5 Years Later.

It’s been five years since Adam Lanza murdered 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Many thought the senseless deaths of 6- and 7-year-olds might change the course of events in this country. They did not.

Since Newtown, 287 more people died in 33 more mass shootings, in places like a Charleston church basement, a gay nightclub in Orlando, an Oregon community college and, most recently, a Las Vegas outdoor concert venue and a Texas church.

Every life cut short is a tragedy, but it is especially poignant to think about the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School whose futures were not to be. Most of them were in the first grade; they would have been in the sixth grade by now. The teachers and staff who laid down their lives trying to protect their students missed out on seeing their own families grow.

On the fifth anniversary of Sandy Hook, we say their names and grieve for the people they never got to become.

Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29, teacher
Olivia Rose Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, school principal
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeline Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Nancy Lanza, mother of the shooter
Jesse Lewis, 6
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, teacher
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30, teacher
Mary Sherlock, school psychologist
Victoria Soto, 27, teacher
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Alison Wyatt, 6


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