NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — People drawn to Newtown, Conn., to share in its mourning this Christmas are bringing cards and handmade snowflakes to town while residents prepare to observe the holiday less than two weeks after a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at an elementary school.
On Christmas Eve, residents lit luminaries outside their homes in memory of the victims. Tiny empty Christmas stockings with the victims' names on them hung from trees in the neighborhood where the children were shot.
Organizers say they want to let the families of victims know they are not alone while also giving children a chance to express their feelings about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
At the Trinity Episcopal Church, an overflow crowd of several hundred people attended Christmas Eve services. They were greeted by the sounds of a children's choir echoing throughout a sanctuary hall that had its walls decorated with green wreaths adorned with red bows.
Police say the gunman killed his mother in her bed before his Dec. 14 rampage at the school and then committed suicide.