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Newtown residents now know victims' names

The names of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting are seen on an U.S. flag in the town center of Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut December 16, 2012.

Credits: REUTERS/Adrees Latif

JOE WARMINGTON | QMI AGENCY

NEWTOWN, CT.  - They cry when they recognize the names.

A makeshift American flag sits on the main street with the names of all
27 victims — including 20 children aged six and seven.

Christmas tree lights have been replaced by candles.

Tears are everywhere.

"I know there is not a parent in America who doesn't grieve as I do," U.S. President Barack Obama said.

He was to arrive in the grief-stricken town Sunday afternoon to meet victims' parents and other family members before taking part in a vigil.

But residents of Newtown are starting to suffer from media fatigue.

Hundreds of journalists from around the world have descended on the New England town  — many taking over the local restaurants.

Yet, staff at those businesses have kept working even though they know many of those to died in the shooting.

"Its rough," Artie Prenham said at the Hot and Cold Deli.

But he understands people have a job to do.

Not everyone is as sympathetic.

"I wish you would all go away," one woman said.

The anguish and sadness is starting to turn into anger.

It is understandable. It feels like an invasion.

It is true there are more media than residents.

And reality has set in.

"I can't even get to church," another woman said. "I knew a lot of these
victims."

She wanted to pray for the new angels.

While they are names and faces to everyone else, here in Newtown and Sandy
Hook elementary school, they are family.

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