Newtown Funeral: 'How Can I Celebrate Christmas?'

Family, friends and residents attend a funeral for Jessica Rekos, one of the young shooting victims.


Shuffling down the Church Hill Road Tuesday morning, Rose Pavia joined hundreds of mourners making their way to the funeral of 6-year-old Jessica Rekos, one of 20 children killed in Friday's Sandy Hook shooting.

Pavia, like countless others, struggled to find the proper adjectives to describe the loss—and instead asked a question.

"How can I celebrate Christmas?" Pavia said through tears. "There are no words."

A Sandy Hook resident, Pavia has three grandchildren, all young boys, in the local school district. She says today, as schools open their doors for the first time since last week's massacre, she is apprehensive.

After sounding off, Pavia turned and continued to through the dreary weather to St. Rose of Lima Church, joining the friends, family and neighbors of Jessica Rekos to pay their respects.

Jon December 18, 2012 at 06:20 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Newtown, CT.
Teresa Henderson December 18, 2012 at 07:05 PM
My heart aches for the victims and families in Newtown, as a season of joy surrounds us. Countless thoughts and prayers, and deepest sympthany extends to all of the folk in Newtown. Requests fo strength, for the parents and siblings of the faculty and children. Remember: God is Love! Peace be with all of you.


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