Today, December 14, is the five-year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A total of 26 people--20 first grade students and six adults--were shot and killed at the school by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who also killed his mother prior to beginning the massacre, and killed himself later in the day. Given the age and the sheer number of the victims, it was an especially upsetting tragedy and sparked a fierce debate over gun control.
Now, people are taking time to recount their memories of the day, and to remember those killed.
CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted a picture and a fact about each of the victims:
Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the day of the massacre was his "worst day" in the White House, and that President Obama broke down.
5 years ago today was my worst day at the White House. I saw my normally stoic boss break down. I lost my composure at the briefing. As a parent, I could not comprehend the horror of #SandyHook. I think of those innocent children, and their brave teachers, all the time.— Jay Carney (@JayCarney) December 14, 2017
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), whose district contains Newtown, tweeted a memorial as well.
Charlotte— Elizabeth Esty (@RepEsty) December 14, 2017
Today is about remembering them.