Newtown, Connecticut - Mariane Donahue couldn't contain her emotion and she looked at the memorial near Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"It's just not right, it's just not right, I don't know what else to stay," says Mariane Donahue of Waterbury, Conn. "These are just little babies."
Three days after six adults and 20 children were murdered, grief is still everywhere in Newtown.
Northwest D.C. resident Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais is seeing the horrific effects firsthand.
She's with Save the Children, which has set up a program at a Newtown middle school for kids to play while their parents receive much needed-counseling.
"I'm short on words to describe this tragedy, for this community, for these families, for the siblings of the children, it's just beyond horrific," says De Marrais.
Many of the youngsters were inside Sandy Hook Elementary when the murders happened.
Ken Murdoch, with Save the Children, has lived in Newtown 20 years. His kids went to Sandy Hook.
"I talked to my daughter last night, that was her kindergarten classroom, so it really brings it back home," Murdoch says. "It's very tough, and it will last for a very long time for everybody."
Residents say healing will take many years, but on this Monday there's at least a sense it has begun.
Judy Kuriansky is a clinical psychologist who's been helping at the school.
"These kids were so young, that they're not really verbalizing. They will be acting out a lot of their feelings through their play."