NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown marked the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School with vigils, church services and a moment of joy when the community’s high school football team won the state championship Saturday.
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The Newtown High School Nighthawks won the Class LL state championship on a 36-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the game to beat Darien 13-7. The title was the first for Newtown since 1992.
Linebacker Ben Pinto’s brother, Jack, was among the 20 first graders killed at the elementary school on Dec. 14, 2012. Six educators also died in one of the nation’s deadliest school shootings.
On Sunday, Newtown High School wrote a heartfelt message to the school’s football team on their win and encouraged the school community to wear school colors on Monday to “rally around this awesome victory!”