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Funeral Directors Meet after Newtown Shootings

Elizabeth Bogdanoff, left, kisses her daughter Julia, 13, both of Newtown, Conn., during a prayer service at St John's Episcopal Church in Newtown, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/David Goldman)SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) — Dozens of funeral directors who served or volunteered to help the families of 20 elementary school students and six educators killed in Newtown, Conn., have held an emotional service during which they recalled the shooting and the work they did that December.

About 80 funeral directors at the 11 funeral homes that served the Newtown families and others who volunteered their services shed tears, hugged each other and recalled with emotion the shooting when they gathered in Southbury on Saturday for a service of remembrance and reflection.

The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association organized the event to recognize the work done by the funeral directors.

Twenty-six candles burned on a table in front of the room as participants streamed in.

The service began with the group’s executive director, John Cascio, reading the names of each victim.


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