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I can’t believe it’s been one year. I still feel the same heartbreak I felt on that Friday morning. My heart breaks for the children and teachers, the families and friends affected, for the people of Newtown, and for surrounding towns such as my own which have also been impacted. I may not be from Newtown, but I still feel the same uncertainty and grief the people of Newtown feel. One of the teachers at our school lost her mother. Our family friend lost 3 of her dance buddies. The children in that school and in the community are too young to have to deal with the grief they feel. But evil did not win that day, and we must remember to be kind to others and not take a single day of our lives for granted. We choose love.

These are some of the photos I took in Newtown after the Dec. 14 tragedy as well as 2 pictures I got from the internet of the names and the faces of the victims. It was impossible to drive through the town without getting upset, but it also gave me a sense of hope; seeing how a broken community was able to come together, and the random acts of kindness I’ve seen throughout the year have given me hope for a better future. Please take a moment out of your busy days to remember and pray for the victims and their families.

RIP to these 26 beautiful angels

I am just at a complete loss right now. Nothing like this happens in our area. 22 kindergarten kids were killed about 10-15 minutes away from my house. My little brothers’ school was on lockdown and all of the victims are at my towns’ hospital. This is a horrible day.