By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN
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Newtown, Connecticut (CNN) - Newtown is the kind of place that would make the perfect backdrop for a Norman Rockwell painting. Until this tragic shooting, everyone who lives here has always felt safe and secure. Today, they wonder how they will ever get back to that place.
[1:21] “I don’t think you can ever fully heal," said Marci Benitez, owner of a children's hair salon in town. "You know with any loss, I feel that there’s always a void left for a loved one. But in time it does lessen, the hurt lessens a little bit. But the void and the hurt is always there, especially when it’s a child.”
Lee Shull lives around the corner from the shooter's home. He expects the feelings he and his neighbors have right now will last for a long time.
[2:21] “It’s the ripple effect, right? It’s… our neighbors had children that were killed. We’ve got siblings, older siblings that my son Ian goes to school with… how does that affect them? It’s the neighbors and the families; it’s just a huge ripple effect out from those 26 people.”