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held the first of what would be many regular press briefings over the next few days. “Evil visited this community today,” said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. “It’s too early to speak of recovery, but each parent, each sibling, each member of the family has to understand that Connecticut, we’re all in this together. We’ll do everything we can to overcome this event.” Days later, Malloy would break down while remembering what it was like to inform families that their children hadn’t survived the shooting. “It was evident to me that there was a reluctance to tell parents and loved ones that the person they were waiting for was not going to Arnold Gold/New Haven Register return,” Malloy said, unable HOPE is spelled out in candle-lit bags in front of the Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home in Woodbury during the wake for Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal to hold back his own anguish. “That had gone on Dawn Hochsprung on Dec. 19. for a period of time, well after there was an expectan- ed to be a doctor; Emilie nent substitute at Sandy cy that families would be Parker, 6, who was a budHook in November. Mary reunited. So I made a deciding artist; Ana MarquezSherlach, 56, had been at the sion that rather than relying Greene, 6, whose jazz musi- school since 1994, and also on traditional investigative cian father once named a had worked at schools in policies that you actually song, “Ana Grace.” New Haven and North have a child or adult identiThere were Jessica Rekos, Haven. fied as the particular victim 6, who had given herself the Rachel D’Avino, 29, was before you inform someone job of setting the family din- completing her doctorate. … that their loved one was ner table each night; Dylan Her boyfriend planned to not going to return. I made Hockley, 6; Catherine Hub- propose to her on Christmas the decision that to have that bard, 6, who asked for Eve. go on any longer was stuffed animals every ChristAnne Marie Murphy, 52, wrong.” mas; Madeleine Hsu, 6; was an alumna of Southern Nor was the president of Grace McDonnell, 6; JoseConnecticut State Universithe United States immune to phine Gay, 7, whose birthty. She reportedly died with Newtown’s heartache. day was just three days her arms wrapped around Speaking at before the Dylan Hockley, a youngster the White attack; Chase she worked closely with at House, PresiKowalski, 7; Sandy Hook. dent Barack James MattiVictoria Soto, whose buriObama wiped “Evil visited this comoli, 6, who al was Wednesday, had both away tears munity today. It’s loved to sing an inner steel and a childlike and paused and play sense of wonder, her family too early to speak of several times sports; Avisaid. At her funeral, Paul recovery, but each parin order to elle Richman, Simon sang “The Sound of ent, each sibling, each maintain his 6; Benjamin Silence.” member of the family composure. Wheeler, 6; These stories, these inter“Our hearts has to understand that and Allison rupted lives of sweetness are broken Wyatt, 6, and strength, didn’t come to Connecticut, we’re all today,” he who had the public all at once. They in this together. We’ll said. turned her rolled out in sorrowful do everything we can to room into an swells, each new detail On Saturovercome this event.” day, the art studio. catching people up short in names of the Daniel the deepest, most primal - Gov. Dannel P. dead were parts of their hearts and Malloy Barden, 7, released — was a ramminds. and our sadbunctious “I can’t think of anything ness became boy who res- that’s worse than this,” said nearly cued worms North Haven Superintenunbearable. By nightfall, a from the driveway after a dent of Schools Robert Crocold, biting rain began to rainstorm; Caroline Previdi, nin, who had previously settle in, as if the sky itself 6, had the nickname “Boo.” worked with Hochsprung. was braced for the details At Caroline’s funeral, “I believe people in our that would emerge. Monsignor Robert Weiss of schools … all we want to do There was 6-year-old St. Rose of Lima said the lit- … is take care of children Olivia Engel, who was going tle girl was “probably the and do everything in our to be an angel in the live happiest addition to heaven power to keep them safe, nativity performed at St. in a long time. She was and this is just the most horRose of Lima Church; 6always happy, always smil- rific thing that could be.” year-old Jesse Lewis, who ing.” People needed to take used to make up nicknames The world also mourned some sort of action, to be for people whose names he six heroic adults. with others, lest they simply Erica Miller/Digital First Media couldn’t pronounce; 6-yearPrincipal Dawn Hochdissolve into spasms of old Charlotte Bacon, who sprung, 47, reportedly had uncontrollable anger and Candles are arranged outside the Newtown Town Hall in remembrance of the 20 children and 6 had a passion for the color lunged at the gunman sadness. teachers killed inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14. pink. before being killed. “I wanted to come home, Young Jack Pinto, 6, was “Dawn is a beautiful see my mom,” said Rachel Obama arrived in Newtown wounded hearts. I can only shootings. That was fola youth wrestler who idolwoman with a smile that Rockwell, who traveled with words of comfort and lowed by an announcement hope it helps for you to ized New York Giants wide could just knock you back from college in Massa- resolve. over the schools’ public know that you’re not alone receiver Victor Cruz. On down,” recalled her mentor, chusetts to be at a vigil in “Here in Newtown, I in your grief; that our world address system that officers Sunday, Cruz wrote “Jack Barbara Malkas, an educator Newtown Saturday evening. come to offer the love and too has been torn apart; that were in place. in Webster, Mass. “That “I went to school there … 15 prayers of a nation,” he said all across this land of ours, Pinto, my hero” on one of “We wanted to let the kids smile would grow bigger years ago that could have his cleats. He also visited in an emotional speech. know that we were doing we have wept with you, and just blind you if she was been me.” Newtown to pay his “I am very mindful that our best to keep them safe,” we’ve pulled our children talking about her work.” The next evening, as doz- mere words cannot match respects. said Rich Kearns, the distight. And you must know Lauren Rousseau, 30, had ens of vigils brought people the depths of your sorrow, So many young lives. trict’s director of security. that whatever measure of Noah Pozner, 6, who want- only been hired as a perma- close around the state, nor can they heal your Field trips were scuttled. comfort we can provide, we will provide; whatever por- Outdoor activities were canceled. Upcoming holiday tion of sadness that we can school concerts were given share with you to ease this strict, new security guideheavy load, we will gladly lines. Parents and educators bear it. Newtown – you are talked about metal detecnot alone.” tors, controlled access to HARD ISSUES buildings and heightened vigilance. Alongside the grief and “The sense I get, from hurt, the country’s secondaround the state, from Board deadliest school shooting of Education chairs, is peohas the potential to cause seismic shifts in public poli- ple are all considering these things,” said Brookfield cy. Board of Education ChairFrom individual school man Raymond DiStephan, districts to public health whose family was close to organizations to the White one of Newtown’s young House itself, implications were being felt. Certainly in victims. “They’re all going Connecticut, there was a call over their protocols.” Kenneth Trump, presifor something to be done. For one, every school sys- dent of National School Safetem in the state began over- ty and Security Services, said America’s schools had hauling its security procedrifted away from the secudures. Many towns starity inroads made after the tioned police at the front 1999 massacre at Columdoor of their elementary bine High School in Coloraschools, and many more do. made arrangements for “Most school security proincreased police presence. fessionals have been saying In Derby, two officers were at each of the district’s until they’re red in the face Erica Miller/Digital First Media four schools within 2 minutes of learning about the See Tragedy, D4 Crowds still gather around the memorial site in the downtown area of Sandy Hook on Church Hill Road.