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Newtown: No events to mark shooting anniversary

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October 16, 2013 05:26 PM EST | AP


NEWTOWN, Conn. — NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The leader of the board that governs Newtown, Conn., says it will not host any townwide events to mark the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

First Selectman Pat Llodra (loh-DRAH') says the community is choosing to remember and honor the victims in ways that are "quiet, personal and respectful."

A gunman killed 20 children and six women inside the school Dec. 14 before committing suicide.

Llodra suggests in a post on the town's website Wednesday that the tragedy could remind families to talk about the importance of compassionate acts. She says Newtown residents are being encouraged to use the weeks before the anniversary for acts of service and kindness.

She says schools, houses of worship and municipal organizations joined her in the statement.