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Newtown Families Announce New Joint Website To Honor Victims Of Massacre

Officials, Newtown Families Ask Media For Privacy On Anniversary
Tragedy In Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Families of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School say they will be lighting candles in the victims’ memory the night before the shooting’s anniversary.

Relatives of 14 of the 26 victims appeared at a news conference Monday in Newtown. They asked people to consider marking the anniversary with “acts of kindness” and announced a new website – MySandyHookFamily.org – with information on how families are honoring victims, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.

“This website is intended to serve as a singular place of sharing and contact. MySandyHookFamily.org allows us the opportunity to honor those taken from us so violently,” said Khrista Rekos, the mother of first grader Jessica Rekos. “We want our loved ones to be remembered for the lives they lived and how they touched our hearts. We have been uplifted by the support of so many people and we would like to keep that spirit of unity and love alive.”

The website includes information on the 20 first graders and six educators killed in the massacre.

Saturday is the anniversary of the Dec. 14 massacre. Town officials are not hosting formal events that day. Officials, including First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra, asked at a news conference Monday for the media to give the town privacy on that day, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

Local officials and members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation are also appealing for acts of service and for privacy on the anniversary.

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