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For the people of Newtown, Connecticut, Christmas came and Christmas went. Packages were opened, gifts were handed out, shrieks of childhood joy filled the homes of the Connecticut town. New Year’s Day came and went as well, as people counted down 2016 in the hopes of a better 2017.

For 26 families in Newton, the celebration was somewhat somber if not muted. 20 children will never see another Christmas or leave milk and cookies for Santa. Six teachers will never exchange gifts with families and friends. They will never see a New Year’s Day Parade or football game, go to a prom, get married or have their own children.

December 14th marked the four-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took their lives. On December 14th, the town held a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the shooting. In their honor and to remember those that perished, Newtown first selectman Pat Llodra asked town employees to refrain from doing any work, including answering phones, between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., the time that the shootings took place. As for the schools in Newton, it was going to be a regular school day but School Superintendent Joseph Erardi said there would be quiet reflections and age-appropriate messages for students.

While the rest of America on the East coast was getting ready to start their school day and most of America was about to start their workday or go Christmas shopping, Adam Lanza decided to take matters into his own hands by first shooting and killing his mother, then go on his rampage, which ended with his death at his own hands.

President Barack Obama said in a Facebook post that the anniversary was a day to remember staff and teachers who guided children to safety, the first responders and the victims.

“And we remember the children who held each other in the face of unconscionable evil; who, even as they’ve grown up in the shadow of this tragedy, will grow up loved and cared for more fiercely than ever,” Obama wrote.

26 people dead. Murdered. They will never meet Santa, will never go to a Christmas party or a Midnight mass again. Their parents, families and friends deprived of love and joy because of a crazed man that decided to take himself out of the world instead of facing justice. This is in no way an attempt to get rid of guns or do away with the 2nd Amendment; rather, this is the time for medical experts, educators, victims and the advocates of those that are no longer with us, legislators and the NRA to sit at table and have a meaningful discussion. It’s not going to be easy and there will be resistance but if even one life is saved, it’s worth the battle.

In a few days, it will be Valentine’s Day. Cards will be passed out and exchanged and cupcakes will be consumed. For Sandy Hook Elementary School, there will be 26 fewer cards passed out and 26 fewer cupcakes eaten. Here’s to hoping that Lanza’s name will never pass the lips of those that are still there, that it will NEVER be uttered again, either here on Earth or in Heaven. Here’s to hoping that those cupcakes will be consumed and those cards passed out in their honor.

The people have spoken loudly. In a few days, it will be no more.


Turned into rubble.

And if you’re thinking about taking a piece of it for yourself, think again. It’s not going to happen.

Nothing will remain.


The home where Adam Lanza lived will be torn down and its fate was decided by the Newtown Legislative Council. For those who had forgotten who Adam Lanaza was, he is the man that went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Lanza had killed his mother first before going on the rampage that killed 20 students and six adults that Friday before Christmas. According to the Hartford Courant and the Associated Press, the vote by the Newtown Legislative Council approved a proposal by the board of selectmen to raze the 3,100-square-foot home and keep the land as open space. Lanza would eventually escape justice, taking the coward’s way out by shooting and killing himself.

The house of horror and pain will remain standing until the Winter and then will be torn down. One resident said it was a “constant reminder of the evil that resided there,” after residents pleaded to have the large yellow house with green shutters destroyed. First selectwoman Pat Llorda said that she was unsure how much the demolition would cost but gave an estimate of around $27,000.

The Lanza family moved from southern New Hampshire and bought the new house in 1998. It has been sitting vacant since the shooting. Everything inside, including rugs and lighting fixtures, have been removed and incinerated so nothing could become memorabilia.

No one wants to be reminded of what happened that day. 20 young lives lost, their parents denied the pleasure of seeing them learn how to drive, graduate from high school and college and perhaps present them with grandchildren. Some that lived near the house of horror have moved, including Amy DeLoughy, whose house sits across the street, wrote to the council that her
children’s bus stop had to be moved because it was too scary for the kids to wait near the house.

Ian and Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, died in the shooting, have said they moved out of the neighborhood because seeing that house across the way was too painful for them.

Neighbor Dave Ackart wrote, “Not only is the property a constant reminder of the evil that resided there — those of us who walk, run, drive, ride or otherwise must pass it multiple times a day, are having a hard time moving on.”

Neighbors had been pleading with town officials to tear down the house of the mass murderer, with one resident saying it’s “a constant reminder of the evil that resided there.” Their prayers will be answered very soon. For that house to stand would be like Lanza rubbing it in from the grave.

Legislative Council member Phillip Carroll said a Sandy Hook fundraiser that brought in $1.2 million still has about $260,000 left. “The money for the demolition can come from this fund,” he said.

Llodra has asked town attorneys to write something into the deed that will prohibit the town from profiting from any future sale or development of the land. “Any proceeds, should the property ever be developed, would be for the benefit of the victims,” she said.

But neighbors say it has become a destination for macabre tourists “who still drive by and pause and take photos on a regular basis,” Ackart told the Associated Press.

While Llodra said she polled the victims’ families and neighbors and most support the plan to tear the house down, not everyone is on board with the idea of leaving the space open, some even wanting the property to be sold and a new house placed there.

“Leaving the property to nature would mean there is still a sense of darkness in our neighborhood,” one person said. “Love and light that a new family would bring would help heal some of the very deep wounds we are still tending to.”

In a few days, it will be Valentine’s Day and gifts and candy will be exchanged in classroom at Newtown and all over the nation. There will be 20 fewer faces in class that day. Gone before their time. Gone before they had a chance to make a mark on the world, along with the six adults that were there not just as their protectors but as their guides, guardians and teachers. A few days after that, trucks and bulldozers will come to the house that produced the horror that Sandy Hook was forced to endure. In a few hours, that house of horror will be nothing more than rubble. Could there be a memorial with 20 chairs or 26 trees in memory of those that died? It’s plausible. Adam Lanza deserves scorn. His name should never be uttered again in our lifetimes. Not even Satan wants anything to do with him.

Adam Lanza could have stood up to justice and be held accountable for his actions. In the bigger picture, he chose to be a coward and die at his own hand. The house where he started his spree of death and chaos sits empty, the memories that are too harsh to remember were turned to ashes. When the wrecking ball or bulldozer comes, there will be some tears shed but those will be tears of joy. The monster that caused them heartbreak and pain is dead and his castle will crumble as well. It will be like the field that Judas Isacriot was buried in, forgotten for eternity.

Adam Lanza. Cold. Callous. Sociopath. Murderer. Lanza thought he got the last word in when he killed 26 people.

In a few months, Spring will arrive in Connecticut and the people of Newtown will have the last word and give new meaning to the term “homewrecker.”