Grief mixes with impatience in shattered Newtown

11:50 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
Candles outside the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, Newtown, Connecticut. Associated Press.
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Emotions are in tatters amid a global crush of attention to a Connecticut town once known mostly for its bucolic atmosphere and sterling school system.

Newtown has held only three funerals so far for the 27 killed by a schoolhouse gunman last week and has many more ahead of it. The mourning mixed with media attention are forming a potent mix in a town once known mainly for being a good place to raise a family.

Police are walking children to parents waiting in cars to protect them from the cameras. Many parents have yelled at reporters to leave their children and the town alone.

Children went back to school Tuesday except for those who attended the school where the massacre took place Friday. Mourners overlapped at one church holding back-to-back funerals for two first-graders.

More funerals and wakes are planned Wednesday.

The Associated Press

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