ISLAND PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A bell dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was stolen from a playground on Long Island this weekend.
The 8-inch by 8-inch brass bell was stolen from the playground at Masone Beach on Waterford Road, in Island Park, sometime between 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nassau County police said.
“We had the ceremony Saturday. The parents were there and there was hundreds of people and it was a tearful thing,” Village trustee Henry Hastava told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.
The bell was dedicated to the 20 children and six school staffers who were killed in the Dec. 14, 2012 massacre in Newtown, Conn. It was inscribed with the number 26, and the adage from the move “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.”