SOUTHBURY, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Dozens of funeral directors who volunteered or served to help the families of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre held an emotional service Saturday, during which they recalled the horrors of the incident.

About 80 funeral directors at the 11 funeral homes that served the Newtown families and others who volunteered their services shed tears, hugged each other and recalled with emotion the shooting when they gathered in Southbury on Saturday for a service of remembrance and reflection.

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The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association organized the event to recognize the work done by the funeral directors.

Twenty-six candles burned on a table in front of the room as participants streamed in.

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The service began with the group’s executive director, John Cascio, reading the names of each victim.

Police say the Newtown gunman – Adam Lanza, 20 — shot his mother to death at their home with a .22-caliber rifle before opening fire with a .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children ages 6 and 7, and six adults, were killed. He fatally shot himself with a handgun as police arrived.

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