Dec 14, 2014 3:21 PM
No ceremonies in Newtown for shooting anniversary
The Associated Press
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) The community of Newtown quietly marked the second anniversary of the shooting rampage that left 20 children and six educators dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
No public memorial events were held on a day town officials said instead would be for private reflection and remembrance.
Churches remembered the victims in Sunday services. At St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, special bells were rung and the victims' names were read.
First Selectman Pat Llodra and school Superintendent Joseph Erardi said in a public letter the community's recovery has been a "challenging journey, filled with days of joyful hope and occasional dips of despair."
A troubled 20-year-old gunman shot his way into the school on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012. He shot and killed his mother before driving to the school and committed suicide as police arrived.