Connecticut residents are reacting to Friday's shooting in Newtown. Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | Friday's events that unfolded in the quiet town of Newtown have shattered the heart and spirit of a nation. As a resident of Connecticut for most of my life, I've never seen anything like this happen in this state. A gunman opens fire in an elementary school, killing 20 children and six adults.
I first heard about the shooting while I was preparing for work. I prayed that no one was injured and that the shooter is found and punished to the fullest extent of the law. As I was driving down 84W to work in Southbury, I saw a dozen state troopers headed to the Newtown area. I'd never seen anything like it.
While at work, I kept abreast of the latest developments. I was heartbroken and holding back tears as the number dead continued to rise, and that most of those dead were children. I was shattered with grief for the Newtown community. Thinking of these parents who will never get to hug and kiss their children-- that these children were as young as 5 years old--that truly left me brokenhearted. These kids never got a chance at life. A monster stole their lives away. Not only that, he took the innocence of the children who survived.
Later in the day, my friends on Facebook posted status updates on how much they love their children and just couldn't wait to see them when they came home from school. That made me tear up, seeing those posts.
On this day, a lot of us are looking at our kids, and our loved ones, holding them tight and telling them how much we love them.
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