Connecticut School Shooting: Newtown community dealing with horror, grief
On a cold, gray, drizzly Sunday, residents of Newtown, Connecticut were handling their grief in different ways.
Some were crying, some were shaking their heads. Many went to church.
Some set up a stand on the sidewalk to raise money for the victim's families, others started a larger charitable effort.
Two days after over two dozen people -- mostly first graders -- were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, residents say the horror of what happened still hasn't fully sunk in.
They say virtually the entire town has a connection to the families of those who died.
"You went to school with them, you had church services, and soccer practices," aid Taylor Ansbro, a former Sandy Hook Elementary student.
Ansbro and several friends set up a table on a sidewalk in the village of Sandy Hook to collect donations for victim's families.
"We've known these children since they were in daycare, and they are our family," said Newtown resident Rebekah Stites, who along with friend Judy Destefano started the My Sandy Hook Family Fund.
"There's a short term need, and a long term need," said Destefano. "We're so limited in what we have to offer, but this is something that we can do."
In the village of Sandy Hook -- which is a part of Newtown -- hundreds line the streets all day placing flowers, candles, toys, and messages at several memorials.
The largest memorial is on the road outside Sandy Hook Elementary near the village's fire station. In addition to all the items mourners are dropping off, one Christmas tree for each of the victims has been set up.
The Redman family brought their two young daughters. Mother Gretchen says the girls have had a lot of questions since Friday's murders.
"[They say], 'why mommy, why?'" Gretchen said. "And you don't really know how to answer that."