Sunday, December 16, 2012

Memorial held for victims

"We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children, and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school, in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. I can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief, that our world too has been torn apart — that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. We have pulled our children tight. You must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide. Whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you, to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear. Newtown, you are not alone."
The president says that the nation was inspired by the town, and the reactions of the staff of Sandy Hook Elementary.We know there were other teachers who barricaded themselves inside classrooms and kept steady through it all, and reassured their students by saying, 'Wait for the good guys — they're coming. Show me your smile. They responded as we all hope we might respond in such terrifying circumstances: with courage, and with love, giving their lives to protect the children in their care. And we know that good guys came. The first responders who raced to the scene, helping to guide those in harm's way to safety, and comfort those in need, holding at bay their own shock, and their own trauma, because they had a job to do, and others needed them more." 
Of the children, the president said they helped one another, "dutifully following instructions in the way that children sometimes do. One child even tried to encourage a grownup by saying, 'I know karate. So it's OK — I'll lead the way out.' As a community, you've inspired us, Newtown. In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you've looked out for each other. You've cared for one another. And you've loved one another. This is how Newtown will be remembered. And with time, and God's grace, that love will see you through.We know we can't do this by ourselves. It comes as a shock... when you realize, no matter how much you love these kids, you can't do it by yourself."
He says the community means "that we're all parents, that they're all our children. This is our first task: caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. That's how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we're meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we're doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm?"

First responders were greeted with a standing ovation as they were introduced

People outside were provided with blankets from the Red Cross

President Obama with Dawn Hochsprung's grandaughter

My mom would be SO proud to see President Obama holding her granddaughter. But not as proud as I am of her.~ Cristina Hassinger, Dawn's daughter wrote on Twitter

twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA
Courtesy of

List of victims from Sandy Hook Shooting

Those killed at the school were 12 girls, eight boys and six female adults. They are listed below by name, date of birth (mm/dd/yy), gender and age.

Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female (age 6)
JoAnn Bacon had bought her daughter a new pink dress and boots for the holidays.
But Charlotte, an outgoing girl with long and curly red hair, couldn't wait, said her uncle on her mother's side, John Hagen, of Nisawa, Minnesota.
She kept asking to wear her new outfit. On Friday, her mother gave in. She let her wear the dress and boots and did her hair special for the end of the school week.
Hagen said his sister "was quite happy Charlotte was able to wear her dress and boots" but no one could have imagined it would be the last day they would see her alive.

Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male (age 7)
Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female (age 6)
 Six-year-old Olivia Engel was supposed to be an angel in Friday night’s live nativity performed at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.

“She was supposed to be an angel in the play,” the Rev. Revered Robert Weiss
told Reuters. “Now she’s an angel up in heaven.”

Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female (age 7)

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female (age 6)
'We're reminded how much we're loved and supported on this earth and by our Father in heaven. As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise. I love you sweetie girl,' her father wrote.
Dylan Hockley, 03/08/06, male (age 6)
 Dylan Hockley's family moved back to New England after residing in the United Kingdom for 18 years, they unwittingly moved into a home less than 100 feet from the man who would later take his life.
Madeleine F. Hsu, 07/10/06, female (age 6)
Catherine V. Hubbard, 06/08/06, female (age 6)
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male (age 7)
With 11 days left until Christmas, 7-year-old Chase Kowalski was without both of his two front teeth.
"I saw him two days ago, and I asked him if he wanted to see Santa, and he told me that he wanted his teeth back, and it was really sweet," Chase's 13-year-old next-door neighbor Keeley Baumann said Saturday evening.
Keeley, who has known Chase his whole life, and is nearer in age to his two older sisters -- Erin, a ninth-grader, and Brittany, a sixth-grader -- choked up at times as she described the blonde-hair, blue-eyed child she'd "never get to see grow up."
Jesse Lewis, 06/30/06, male (age 6)
His father Neil Heslin told the New York Post that he dropped his son off at school that morning and planned to return in the afternoon to join parents in the holiday tradition of making gingerbread houses.
James Mattioli, 03/22/06, male (age 6)

Grace McDonnell, 11/04/05, female (age 7)

Emilie Parker, 05/12/06, female (age 6)
Robbie Parker, the father of Emilie Parker, 6, addressed the press on Saturday, holding back tears as he remembered the precious six-year-old, the oldest of his three daughters.
The grieving father remembered the beautiful gifts and talents endowed to the little girl by her heavenly father.
In a remarkable act, Mr Parker expressed his condolences to the family of the gunman and thanked friends and strangers for their support and love.
Jack Pinto, 05/06/06, male (age 6)
Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male (age 6)
Noah Pozner was also killed in the shooting on Friday, with Rabbi Shaul Praver of Adath Israel in Newtown, Conn., saying that the boy was shot execution style.
'His little body could not endure so many bullets like that,' Rabbi Praver said on Saturday.The spiritual leader said he was comforting the mother of the child, who will be laid to rest on Sunday.
Caroline Previdi, 09/07/06, female (age 6)

Jessica Rekos, 05/10/06, female (age 6)
“There's nothing more heartbreaking than the death of a child, but to have it happen in this way is just too much,” wrote family friend Jeff Stewart on Facebook. “Every time I think I'm done crying I see or hear something that brings it back up. I'm so sorry for you, Rich and your family. No one will ever forget this.”
Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female (age 6)
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male (age 6)
Allison N. Wyatt, 07/03/06, female (age 6)

Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female (age 29)
Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female (age 47)
Dawn Hochsprung left the safety of her office and took off running toward the shooter, who had forcibly entered through the front doors. The shooter had visited Sandy Hook Elementary the day before Friday's massacre during which he was involved in an altercation with four members of staff at the school - three of whom are now dead.
Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female (age 52)
52-year-old Murphy shielded the bodies of students, authorities told her father, Hugh McGowan of Katonah. Her body was found in a classroom, they told him, covering a group of children who died in the tragic shooting.
Lauren Russeau, 1982, female (age 29)
Lauren, after years of working as a substitute teacher, -- while working other jobs to earn a living -- landed a permanent substitute teaching job at Sandy Hook Elementary School in October.
"It was the best year of her life,'' said Teresa Rousseau, Lauren's mother and a copy editor at The News-Times.
Mary Sherlach, 02/11/56, female (age 56)
Mary Sherlach, the 56-year-old school psychologist, had worked at the Sandy Hook elementary school for 18 years, giving support and guidance to the young children. She was planning on retiring at the end of the school year.
Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female (age 27)
When she became aware there was a gunman in the school, she hid her first-graders in closets and cabinets, then told the shooter they were in the gym.
He turned the gun on Soto, killing her, but none of her students were harmed.
In a Tweet Saturday morning, Soto's sister, Carlee said, "Hug your loved ones an (sic) tell them how much you love them because you never know when you'll see them again. Do this in honor of Vicki."

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Victims of Sandy Hook

Some of the innocent:

Emilie Parker (far right) and family

Emilie's Parents
Emilie with her dad

Ana Marquez Greene,6 and family. 
Ana's grandparents
Marquez-Greene and her older brother had attended Linden Christian School nearby, before moving with their parents to Newtown in July and enrolling at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the fall.Both she and her brother were inside the school when the shooter opened fire.
Jesse Lewis,6  and his dad. 

Jesse’s father Neil Heslin told the New York Post that he dropped his son off at school that morning and planned to return in the afternoon to join parents in the holiday tradition of making gingerbread houses.
 Grace McDonnell, 6 , who was also killed, has been described as “utterly adorable” and “full of life.” She has big blue eyes and bright blonde hair — she was often compared to a doll because of her stark beauty. Her parents are said to be going through “indescribable” pain. In a chilling twist, Lynn McDonnell, 45, a housewife, and Christopher, 49, a business executive, live in a $500,000 detached home in Sandy Hook, Connecticut that is just one street away from where Lanza lived.

Another child, Chase Kowalski has also been identified as deceased.

Rest in Peace Angels!

Names to be released in CT shooting

Ryan Lanza being taken away for questioning

Authorities are expected to release the names of the victims in the Newtown school shooting at a news conference this morning.
Three names are known for certain:
  • Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School
  • Vicki Soto, a teacher at Sandy Hook
  • Nancy Lanza, mother of the gunman

  • Vicki Soto, 27, one of the adult victims, loved being a teacher, her cousin, Jim Wiltsie, told ABC News Friday.

"The family was informed that she was trying to shield, get her children into a closet and protect them from harm, and by doing that put herself between the gunman and the children," Wiltsie said. "And that's when she was tragically shot and killed.

Guns used by Adam Lanza
One entire classroom was unaccounted for when the shooting ended.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Shooting in a Newton, CT elem. school

My day stopped in it's tracks when I heard about a horrific event. A school shooting at an Elementary school that resulted in 27 deaths 20 of those being children. 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 that will not be tucked safely in their beds tonight under the care of their parents. 20 children that will not be leaving cookies out for Santa.  All becasue an individual named Adam Lanza decided to go into his mother's workplace, Sandy Hook elementary and attack!
The bastard shooter, Adam Lanza is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Ryan Lanza
Lanza drove to the scene of the shootings in his mother's car. Three guns were found at the scene - a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both pistols - and a .223-caliber rifle. The rifle was recovered from the back of a car at the school. The two pistols were recovered from inside the school. 911 was called at 9:30.

Lanza's girlfriend and another friend are missing in New Jersey.

Adam had his brother Ryan Lanza's identification. Ryan Lanza has a Facebook page that posted updates Friday afternoon that read that "it wasn't me" and "I was at work."
Ryan Lanza
Adam Lanza in 2005
President Obama (visibly distraught) said, “They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in these past few years and each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anyone else would as a parent and that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”
Someone who works at the school told her the shooting happened in the hallway. She described it as a ‘Pop, pop, pop."Three people went out into the hall and only one person came back, the vice principal, who was shot in the leg or the foot, who came crawling back. She cowered under the table and called 911. She never saw the shooting. There must have been a hundred rounds."
Dawn Hochsprung, the principal, had recently implemented new security measures, CNN reports.
In a letter to parents this fall, she stated they would be checking identification for visitors if they were not recognized by staff.
"Please understand that with nearly 700 students and over 1,000 parents representing 500... families, most parents will be asked to show identification. All  visitors arriving at the school after 9:30 a.m., when the front gates were locked, would have to ring a bell for entry and would immediately have to report to the main office to sign in."
Mary Sherlach (school psycologist)

Hero teacher Kaitlin Roig tells ABC News that she barricaded her first grade students in classroom bathroom and locked the door when she first heard gun shots. “The kids were being so good. They asked: ‘Can we go see if anyone is out there? … I just want Christmas… I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.’ I said, you’re going to have Christmas and Hanukkah.. I tried to be positive.”

One mother said that she had just brought her daughter's First Communion dress and that she was excited to wear it. Another child was supposed to play an angel in a mass play next week.

Prayers go out to all the family members and the victims.

Graphic Jenni Rivera Pics

Below are some pics from Jenni Rivera's plane crash. A warning they are GRAPHIC! But then again if you know this blog, you know what Graphic means!
Jenni died December 9, 2012 when her Learjet crashed in Mexico. She died along 6 others including her lawyer and publicist.

Last photo
Last email sent. She says she is happy and at peace. She trusts God completely.
Posted on her Twitter page December 6 by Jenni. After scandal broke out of her divorce to an ex MLB player she was depressed. She accused her husband of sleeping with her daughter (his step-daughter)

foot and fingers


Hair and skin

Foot, Fingers, Hair

May she rest in Peace