After Sandy Hook
On December 14th 2012, a gunman named Adam Lanza walked into the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, fatally shot 20 children, 6 adult staff members and wounded 2 more before committing suicide by shooting himself in the head. It was later reported that he had killed his own mother, Nancy Lanza, before making his way to the school.
In the days to follow, the world started paying attention to this sleepy, cozy Connecticut town. Community members started making makeshift memorials, organize candlelight vigils and church services to mourn those perished in the violent massacre. Even President Barack Obama visited to pay his respects and mourn. The tragedy started a national conversation about gun violence and gun control. It is the second-deadliest school shooting in the United States history since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.
And in the days to come, twenty something funerals occurring one after another, or even simultaneously as the community buries its loved ones.