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Christmas provides Connecticut town a break from mourning

Published on Dec 26, 2012 6:15 AM
A boy touches stockings, representing those killed in the Dec 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, on Christmas morning in Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut Dec 25, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEWTOWN, Connecticut (REUTERS) - Christmas has helped some people in the grieving Connecticut town of Newtown cope a little better with the shooting tragedy that killed 20 schoolchildren, while others have yet to feel the holiday joy.

Smiles returned for those taking a respite from the mourning now that funerals for the victims have concluded. For the crestfallen, the holiday spirit was absent in a town that just buried its children.

"We're getting through this with our faith and our prayer. People are smiling a little more now," said John Barry, owner of an information technology staffing company. "The week was so horrible. Now it's time to celebrate Christmas."

This largely Christian town was shaken on the morning of Dec 14, when a 20-year-old gunman armed with a military-style assault rifle shot dead 20 children aged 6 and 7 and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was the second-deadliest school shooting in US history.

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