The wakes for Dawn Hochsprung and Rachel Davino were held this week in Woodbury. And although I didn’t know them personally, they were part of the small community I live in and I feel close to them.
The memorial services, wakes, and funerals have been spiraling all week around the state of Connecticut, starting on Monday with the funerals of 6-year-olds Noah Pozner in Fairfield and Jack Pinto in Newtown.
On Tuesday, services were held at the St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown for James Mattioli, followed immediately by another one for Jessica Rekos. My cousin Michael, a caterer from Newtown who has been devoting her time to feeding volunteers, clergy and mourners as they come in to the church, told me “this feels like a very personal 9-11.”
Wednesday was the third day of funerals in Newtown, where a sweet woman I’ve come to know named JoAnn Bacon buried her 6-year old daughter, Charlotte. Daniel Barden was also buried that day, as was Caroline Previdi. Teacher Victoria Soto was buried by her family in Stratford.
Services on Thursday were again in Newtown, Danbury, Southbury, and heroic teacher Anne Marie Murphy was laid to rest in Katonah, NY. Today there are two more in Newtown, another in Watertown, and the burial of school psychologist Mary Sherlock in Trumbull. And tomorrow, the parade of services continues, a full 8 days after the tragic shooting, including places as far away as Ogden, Utah, where a service will be held for Emilie Parker.
This particular horror is hitting everyone within about a 25 mile radius—and that involves a lot of towns—with at least 420,000 people by my count in those towns alone, having at least an indirect connection to the shooting, the town, the victims and their families.