Remembering the Sandy Hook tragedy

Connecticut

(WTNH) — It’s been seven years since the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown.

Seven years ago today, 26 victims — 20 children and six adults — lost their lives.

Here are their names:

  1. Madeleine Hsu
  2. Noah Pozner
  3. Olivia Engel
  4. Allison Wyatt
  5. Ana Marquez-Greene
  6. Avielle Richman
  7. Benjamin Wheeler
  8. Caroline Previdi
  9. Catherine Hubbard
  10. Charlotte Bacon
  11. Chase Kowalski
  12. Daniel Barden
  13. Dylan Hockley
  14. Emilie Parker
  15. Grace McDonnell
  16. Jack Pinto
  17. James Mattioli
  18. Jesse Lewis
  19. Jessica Rekos
  20. Josephine Gay
  21. Mary Sherlach
  22. Rachel D’Avino
  23. Victoria Soto
  24. Anne Marie Murphy
  25. Dawn Hochsprung
  26. Lauren Rousseau

Governor Ned Lamont announced he has directed flags in Connecticut to be lowered to half-staff Saturday, in remembrance of the Sandy Hook victims.

Senator Richard Blumenthal released a statement saying,

Our hearts still ache. The pain remains real. Seven years have passed but the unspeakable horror of that day still haunts us. The courage and resilience of the Sandy Hook families and community – their decency and dignity – continue to inspire us.

Honor with action: We can best honor those 26 beautiful lost lives by action to stop the continuing epidemic of gun violence. This senseless scourge can be abated through common sense steps favored by overwhelming majorities of Americans – emergency risk protection order laws and universal background checks and others. Congress’ inaction makes it complicit in the bloodshed.

Another year should not pass without real action to honor Sandy Hook families, and countless others across the country grieving for gun violence victims – in Parkland, Orlando, Las Vegas, and elsewhere. A political movement is coalescing, and it cannot be denied historic reform.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

Senator Chris Murphy released a statement saying in part,

I won’t rest until we change the laws of this nation to make sure our country doesn’t knowingly facilitate the mass murder of children. That is my charge. But I also know that Sandy Hook reminds us that the small acts of kindness that require no national political movement to generate, are often life changing too.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

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