Sandy Hook School Shooting

Newtown Officials Want Media to Stay Away on Anniversary

That doesn't seem likely to happen

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Local government officials are urging the media to stay away Saturday, the first anniversary of the Dec. 14 shootings that killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"The community is choosing to remember and honor those who lost their lives in the Sandy Hook tragedy in ways that are quiet, personal and respectful—centered on themes of kindness, love and service to others," Newtown First Selectman Pat llodra said in a written statement Monday.

Llodra said the town will not be hosting any memorial events and requested that the public and the media allow Newtown residents "the time to be alone and quiet with time for personal and communal reflection."

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