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    Posted December 15, 2012 by
    Southbury, Connecticut
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

    unclaimed and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Tributes for Newtown
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    From your neighbors in Southbury. HOPE


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ted Ruddock photographed a tribute to the Newtown school shooting victims that was made out of Christmas lights, spelling out the word "hope." He says he was passing by a church, which had created the tribute and he wanted to share it with others. As a former resident of Newtown, he says the news of the shooting was shocking and unbelievable. 'It is a nightmare, and you think you are going to wake up and it isn't going to be there, but that is not the case,' he said. He describes Newtown as a quintessential New England town. 'Everybody knows everybody,' he said. 'The elementary school there is a locus to the neighborhood. It's like a member of your family has been killed,' he said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Luminaries at a church in neighboring Southbury CT.

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