Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- It's a scene that's played out again today in Newtown, Conn. -- grim-faced mourners heading into a church to attend a funeral for one of the young victims of last week's shooting at an elementary school.
Six-year-old Catherine Hubbard was one of the 20 children who died. Her family said in her obituary that she would be remembered for her passion for animals and her constant smile.
A single bell tolled at the same church in Newtown where other victims have been mourned this week.
Meanwhile, in a suburban New York church, Cardinal Timothy Dolan compared a slain teacher to Jesus because she gave up her life to protect others. Anne Marie Murphy was killed during the rampage last week along with her young students. At her funeral today, the cardinal told mourners that her death trying to protect the children helped unify a nation moved by what she had done.
Another church on Newtown's Main Street was filled to capacity for today's funeral of Benjamin Wheeler. Scores of mourners who couldn't get in were milling about outside. And in downtown Danbury, mourners filled a church for a memorial service for teacher Lauren Rousseau -- remembered as a spirited, hard-working, good-natured young woman who loved children and animals.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)