Painfully Heartbreaking

Posted by M ws On Monday, December 17, 2012 2 comments
Frankly, it was an emotional experience to read the following article by Connecticut Shooting Victims' Stories Begin To Emerge Associated Press featured in Huffington Post AT THIS LINK. I read it as a mother, as a teacher and as a one with a heart that reaches out to those who lost their loved ones in the recent Connecticut shooting.


At the very start of their lives, the schoolchildren are remembered for their love of horses, or for the games they couldn't get enough of, or for always saying grace at dinner. The adult victims found their life's work in sheltering little ones, teaching them, caring for them, treating them as their own. The gunfire Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School left a toll both unbearable and incalculable: 20 students and six adults at the school, the gunman's mother at home, and the gunman himself.

A glimpse of some of those who died:



They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, after hearing much begging, Charlotte Bacon's mother relented and let her wear the new pink dress and boots to school.

It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead would ever pick out. Charlotte's older brother, Guy, was also in the school but was not shot.

Her parents, JoAnn and Joel, had lived in Newtown for four or five years, JoAnn's brother John Hagen, of Nisswa, Minn., told Newsday.

"She was going to go some places in this world," Hagen told the newspaper. "This little girl could light up the room for anyone."



Daniel's family says he was "fearless in the pursuit of happiness in life."

He was the youngest of three children and in a statement to the media, his family said Daniel earned his missing two front teeth and ripped jeans.

"Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation: in all, a constant source of laughter and joy," the family said.

His father, Mark is a local musician. The New Haven Register reported that Mark was scheduled to play a show at a restaurant in Danbury on Friday, a show that was later cancelled.

On the biography on his professional website, Mark Barden lists spending time with his family as his favorite thing to do.


Days before the Connecticut shooting rampage, the boyfriend of Rachel D'Avino had asked her parents for permission to marry her.

D'Avino was a behavioral therapist who had only recently started working at the school where she was killed, according to Lissa Lovetere Stone, a friend who is handling her funeral planned for Friday. D'Avino's boyfriend, Anthony Cerritelli, planned to ask her to marry him on Christmas Eve, Lovetere Stone said.

Lovetere Stone said she met D'Avino in 2005 when D'Avino was assigned to her son, who has autism, in their town of Bethlehem. D'Avino, 29, was so dedicated she'd make home visits and constantly offered guidance on handling situations such as helping her son deal with loud music at a wedding.

"Her job didn't end when the school bell rang at 3 o'clock," Lovetere Stone said.

Police told her family that she shielded one of the students during the rampage, Lovetere Stone said.

"I'm heartbroken. I'm numb," Lovetere Stone said. "I think she taught me more about how to be a good mother to a special needs child than anyone else ever had."

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2 comments to Painfully Heartbreaking

  1. says:

    light MWS,

    The first time i read the news, there was an aching like .

    We must also take time to reflect as to the official story of the event. Is the shooter really the one who killed all these innocent people as claimed?

    Here is an honest, objective, unemotional analysis of the situation. Things don't happen without a reason. Things like this are caused by human will and there is a reason for it. Even natural disasters happened for reasons of which our minds could not understand. It is especially pertinent that we need to think when things like this happened.
    Read here

    Thanks for highlighting this piece. We only know of this news because it happened in the world's greatest democracy which is fast turning into a totalitarian state. i don't recall shootings happening there with such frequency as they do these past two years.

    But these killlings are not limited to that country alone. Daily the killing of children happened in other parts of the world far removed from our reality. But to the children living there, it is a reality as real as when we are caught in a terrible traffic jam. Only their reality is many, many times worse than what we are experiencing.
    Invisible Wars

    This world is indeed a cruel, mad place to be living in.

  1. says:

    light Sorry, i did not finish the first sentence when i hit 'post'.

    The first time i read the news, there was an indescribable aching in the heart. It was painful to see pictures of people in the prime of their lives being taken away. Most of them have not even begin life yet. There is no reason why their lives should be taken away from them. No, there is no good reason at all why this should happen. Reason has taken leave when this happened.

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