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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.

HHP December 18, 2012 at 07:45 PM
We can celebrate Christmas in its purest form, by embodying all that Jesus taught us during his brief time on earth. His birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection all prove that Life triumphs over death, hate, evil and misunderstanding. Let’s not only preach but practice the Gospel of Peace in everything we do—in every interaction, every thought, every deed.
LindaG December 18, 2012 at 08:43 PM
To the journalist, Kevin Zawacki: "After sounding off"? Well that just sounds downright rude. I don't know if that was your intent, but I would choose your words more carefully in the future. "Sounding off" carries a negative connotation and most certainly should not be used to describe someone's heartfelt comments/feelings about such a tragic event.

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