Newtown Plans Burials As School’s Future Debated

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Residents grieve following a shooting December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. At least 26 people, including 20 young children, were killed when a gunman assaulted the school and another body was found dead at a second linked crime scene, police said.  Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance told reporters that the attacker killed 20 children and six adults, including someone that he lived with, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  The gunman also died at the scene, and a 28th body was found elsewhere.
   AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents grieve following a shooting December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. At least 26 people, including 20 young children, were killed when a gunman assaulted the school and another body was found dead at a second linked crime scene, police said. Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance told reporters that the attacker killed 20 children and six adults, including someone that he lived with, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The gunman also died at the scene, and a 28th body was found elsewhere.
AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) – A grieving Connecticut town is bracing itself for the first funerals for victims of the school shooting last week that left 20 children and six adults dead.

Officials in Newtown are also debating when classes could resume – and where, given the carnage in the building and the children’s associations with it. The funerals come a day after President Barack Obama pledged to seek change in memory of the victims. The district is considering sending surviving students to a former school building in a neighboring town.

The gunman was 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Authorities said Sunday he was carrying hundreds of rounds of especially deadly ammunition, enough to kill just about every student in the school if given time. His motive remains unclear. He killed his mother before heading to the school and committed suicide as police closed in.

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