Funerals for shooting victims

Funerals are taking place for victims of the US shootings.

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Animal lover Catherine Hubbard buried later today

Catherine Hubbard Credit: Family handout.

The funeral of six-year-old Catherine Hubbard, gunned down along with 25 others in the second deadliest shooting in US history, will take place later today.

Little Catherine adored animals, and her family have asked for people to donate to the Newton Animal Centre instead of sending flowers.

Her obituary said:

"She will be remembered for her passion of animals and constant smile. Her family prays that she, all the students of Sandy Hook Elementary, and all those affected by this brutal event find peace in their hearts."

Sandy Hook substitute teacher to be buried today

30-year-old Lauren Rousseau was killed along with 14 of her students

The funeral of Sandy Hook elementary school substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau will take place later today.

30-year-old Lauren had just started teaching at the school a few weeks ago. Gunman Adam Lanza choose her classroom first, and her class sustained the majority of the fatalities.

Lauren had no chance to hide the children, and all of them, with one exception of a child who is thought to have played dead, were killed. 14 in all.

A last photograph of Lauren Rousseau's class. Credit: Katie Couric/ABC

Her Canadian father, Gilles Rousseau, told Radio-Canada, that he had wanted to see his daughter's body but was informed by authorities that it would not be possible.

In a tearful interview in French he said:

"They told me, 'You can't see the body. Because most people he shot, it was two or three shots in the face, point-blank."


Obama: Entire world stands with us after shootings

US President Barack Obama has thanked foreign diplomats for the outpouring of support from around the world after the shooting at a school in Connecticut. Mr Obama said he had been struck by the kindness at makeshift memorials outside US embassies.

Barack Obama sent out a global message of thanks Credit: Reuters

The President said the US had stood with foreign countries after violent acts, tsunamis and earthquakes and now the "entire world stands with us".

CNN poll: 52% of Americans want major gun restrictions

A new poll shows that a majority of Americans are in favour of 'major restrictions' on gun ownership.

The CNN/ORC survery, conducted between 17th and 18th December, showed:

  • 52% of Americans favour major restrictions on guns or making all guns illegal
  • 43% said the Sandy Hook shootings makes them more likely to support gun control laws.
  • 53% of people polled also said they believe attacks will continue regardless of any action taken


Firefighters salute as a tribute to young shooting victim

Daniel Barden saluted by firefighters. Credit: ITV News

The funeral of seven-year-old Daniel Barden took place in Newtown in Connecticut today, after a gunman shot dead more than 20 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

Firefighters lined the street to pay tribute to the seven-year-old, whose ambition was to join their ranks when he grew up.

School shooting victims honoured at funerals

Funerals have been held for three more students killed in Friday's shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School. Firefighters saluted as the funeral procession of seven-year-old Daniel Barden arrived at the Saint Rose of Lima Parish cemetary in Newtown.

Firefighters salute as the funeral procession of seven-year-old Daniel Barden. Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

The funeral of six-year-old Caroline Previdi and Charlotte Bacon were also held alongside a memorial service for headteacher Dawn Hochsprung and teacher Victoria Soto.

The family of six-year-old student Caroline Previdi arrives at her funeral in Newtown. Credit: Reuters/Eric Thayer

Heroic teacher Victoria Soto remembered at service

Victoria 'Vicki' Leigh Soto, was buried today. Credit: RTV

27-year-old Victoria Soto, who had been teaching at the school for five years, was thought to have thrown herself in front of her students to save them, before she was killed herself.

Family friend Ryan Ortiz said at the service: “In my opinion, she was that light amidst the darkness that was going on that day in that school. There's really no other way to remember her than being that light in that room."

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