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The families of Newtown, Conn. are still uncomfortable when they hear sirens, see certain holiday decor or even see a news truck, a report said.
According to ABC News, the families came together Monday to encourage people to perform acts of kindness as the anniversary of the shooting approaches.
“We have come to realize that we want our loved ones to be remembered for the lives they lived and how they touched our hearts,” Krista Rekos, mother of 6-year-old Jessica Rekos, said.
In a separate conference, town officials asked the media to stay away from the area to make things easier for the families.
“Please don’t come. Please respect our need to be alone and to be quiet and to have that personal time,” First Selectman Pat Llodra said at the news conference. “We also have a real need for our community to gain its foothold, particularly during this difficult time.”
“We don’t need to be reminded. We don’t need to re-live it,” she said. “Please give us that chance.”
Officials also said extra police officers would be stationed around the town, but will continue activities as normal.
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