Sandy Hook Shooting Victims Memorial Tribute

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In my opinion, serial killers get way too much attention in the press, while the victims’ names go unnoticed and remembered by only their immediate family and friends. Let’s change that by honoring those who lost their lives… and let’s rally around the victims and honor them, so that their deaths are not in vain. We can change how this society views and glorifies violence and spraying bullets, but we have to pull together to do this, and not slide into apathy or helplessness.

As Abraham-Hicks says, “Anything you are giving your attention to is an invitation to the essence of it.”  In this case, it means when we say “I want common sense gun rules, safe school environments for our children and help for the mentally ill, but it’ll never happen” — that is the same as saying, “Come to us, violence, fear and grief, even though we don’t want it!”

This post is a tribute to those who were murdered in the shooting spree on Friday December 15, 2012 on the campus of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The victims are 12 girls, 8 boys and 6 adult women. Police reported that they were shot up close, multiple times. Following is an alphabetical list (as released by police) of the victims:

Charlotte Bacon (girl) born Feb. 22, 2006

Daniel Barden (boy)born Sept. 25, 2005

Rachel Davino (woman) born July 17, 1983

Olivia Engel (girl) born July 18, 2006

Josephine Gay (girl) born Dec. 11, 2005

Ana M. Marquez-Greene (girl) born April 4, 2006

Dylan Hockley (boy) born March 8, 2006

Dawn Hochsprung (woman) born June 28, 1965

Madeleine F. Hsu (girl) born July 10, 2006

Catherine V. Hubbard (girl) born June 8, 2006

Chase Kowalski (boy) born Oct. 31, 2005

Jesse Lewis (boy) born June 30, 2006

James Mattioli (boy) born Mar. 22, 2006

Grace McDonnell (girl) born Dec. 4, 2005

Anne Marie Murphy (woman) born July 25, 1960

Emilie Parker (girl) born May 12, 2006

Jack Pinto (boy) born May 6, 2006

Noah Pozner (boy) born Nov. 20, 2006

Caroline Previdi (girl) born Sept. 7, 2006

Jessica Rekos  (girl) born May 10, 2006

Avielle Richman (girl) born Oct. 7, 2006

Lauren Rousseau (woman) born June, 1982

Mary Sherlach (woman) born Feb. 11, 1956

Victoria Soto (woman) born Nov. 4, 1985

Benjamin Wheeler (boy) born Sept. 12, 2006

Allison N. Wyatt (girl) born July 3, 2006

The list I found was one of raw stats — a name with the birth date and the word “male” or “female” after each name (example: 5/10/06, female). As I re-typed the information to bring these names into focus as boys and girls, and adult women who lived and breathed, and had plans for their lives, I sent out blessings for the comfort of each family, and the whole community to find peace and serenity.

with love and warmth,