Newtown, CT

Irish American couple describe how daughter-in-law cheated death


Newtown, CT

An elementary school teacher herself, she could not listen to the news on her radio. ”I just can’t listen to the news anymore. It’s just awful. Awful isn’t even the right word. I don’t think there’s a word for what has happened here.”

Newtown is a very tight knit community exceedingly so, according to Shannon Doherty, who said that his ancestors had come over from Leitrim during the famine. His  tale was one of relief. Their children attended another school in the area, but knew that they would know some of the victims when details are to emerge.

Shannon who attended the school as a child, stood outside on the pavement. He said that he didn't know what to do. “I have two children, Eammon and Teigan.

"My son will have lost a friend. I don't know how we're going to tell them, there is no blueprint for this. The look on my daughter's face was not good, my son was scared because he will know people. So what will I tell them? I'll probably tell them that they are safe. that the guy who did this is gone. We'll try and get them back into some routine. My biggest fear is how this will affect them.”

A very tight knit community here, exceedingly so, now torn apart by an unbelievable act of savagery. A chronicle of hatred in a town full of normality, and every day things, now changed for ever, the laughter of the children stilled.


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