Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- For a third straight day, funeral processions are rolling through a grieving Connecticut town.
The first of today's funerals in Newtown for victims of Friday's shootings at an elementary school was for 7-year-old Daniel Barden. He was the youngest of three children, and his family says he was "always smiling" and "unfailingly polite."
Hundreds of firefighters formed a long blue line outside a Catholic church. Daniel wanted to join their ranks one day. Some firefighters came from New York, where his family has relatives who are firefighters.
In the town of Stratford, meanwhile, family members and friends gathered to say goodbye to Victoria Soto. The 27-year-old teacher has been hailed as a hero for dying while trying to shield her students, some of whom managed to escape.
A longtime friend says Soto "loved her job" and always described her students as "good kids."
Two other children are being laid to rest today.
One Newtown man who has been to one of the funerals and plans to attend two or three more says it seems that all he hears now are motorcycle escorts and funeral processions. He says, "It's just a constant reminder."
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)