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    Posted December 15, 2012 by
    Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

    Swatoy and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Tributes for Newtown

    Candle offering to those who died.


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Swatoy of Laguna, Philippines, wanted to reach out to America to say that "we too feel their loss even if we aren't Americans," he said. His son, 2-year-old Rafael, stood near a candle the family lit for victims of the shooting. "As a Catholic, we would light up a candle as a sign of remembrance for those who died. It was the only way I could try to reach out to those souls who died at the time," he said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    My family and I grieve for the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. My 2.5 yo son Rafael clutching his favorite school bus toy as he looks on a candle we offer for those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.

    My wife and I am so heartbroken.

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