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CNN Radio News Day: December 18, 2012
Children in Newtown, Connecticut return to school on December 18, 2012.
December 18th, 2012
04:31 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: December 18, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Today two more young victims of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary were laid to rest.  Seperate services were held at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church for six-year-old Jessica Rekos and six-year-old James Mattioli.  Meanwhile, some residents of Newtown, Connecticut have come together to form a grassroots movement to start the conversation they say must now take place:

"I can only sit back for so long and ask the question, 'Why is this happening?'  I feel that I need to be part of a movement that can illicit change," said Mary Sireci, a local teacher. "When Columbine happened, I thought it would never happen again because it was so horrific. We've got to be more proactive."

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Taking action after Newtown shooting
Newtown residents are channeling their anguish and anger over the Sandy Hook shooting into action.
December 18th, 2012
01:56 PM ET

Taking action after Newtown shooting

By Steve Kastenbaum, CNN

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(CNN) –  The anguish and anger that many Newtown residents feel is being channeled into action.

A few days after the killings, a grass roots movement was born in a meeting room at the local library. Friends and neighbors formed Newtown United.

[4:56] “How do we prevent this from happening? How do we let other people know that we need to do something about this and this probably won’t be the last time this happens. But how can we can try to minimize this from every happening again or the probabilities,” said Lee Shull, one of the founders of the group, “Really, waking people up; wondering when is the country going to wake up.”

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The struggle of knowing Newtown shooter
Police outside the house of gunman Adam Lanza.
December 18th, 2012
01:47 PM ET

The struggle of knowing Newtown shooter

By Lisa Desjardins, CNN

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(CNN) –  The hardest question about Newtown, and the one we have the fewest answers to right now, is the shortest one: “why?”

Not much is known right now about the shooter, Adam Lanza, and what motivated him to kill.

Alan Diaz, 20, is one of the few who knew him. He hadn’t seen Lanza since high school. Back then he would have called him a friend.

Today, he struggles with his past connection to Lanza.

[2:06] “I never imagined him committing an act of violence against anyone, so when I heard that he went into that school and took 26 lives I really just couldn’t comprehend it.”

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