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PHOTOS: Newtown reels from Sandy Hook shooting

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Stuffed animals decorate Christmas trees donated in memory of those killed at the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Spencer Platt

Newtown, Connecticut is reeling from Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school, which took the lives of 20 children and seven adults, including the shooter's mother. 

The tragedy is the second deadliest school shooting in the United States, and investigators are still trying to find a motive behind gunman Adam Lanza's unspeakable actions. 

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    Stuffed animals decorate Christmas trees donated in memory of those killed at the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Spencer Platt

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    Robbie Klein Jr., is held by his mother at a memorial down the street from the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Spencer Platt

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    Teddy bears and flowers, in memory of those killed, are left at a memorial down the street from the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Spencer Platt

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    Members of Sisters of Christian Charity walk to lay flowers in front of the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Spencer Platt

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    Messages are left on balloons placed in remembrance of those killed overlooking a highway down the street from the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Spencer Platt

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    A woman receives a hug as she leaves a morning service at Trinity Church not far from the Sandy Hook School December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Spencer Platt

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    A police officer remove flowers from a busy intersection December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, which they said they were afraid the memorial, left for the Sandy Hook Elementary school victims, may cause a traffic hazard. The people of Newtown, soon to be joined by President Barack Obama, poured into churches Sunday to pray for the 20 children and seven adults slaughtered in one of the worst ever US shooting massacres.

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    Don Emmert

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    J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans displays a glove to remember the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut prior to the start of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at at Reliant Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

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    Scott Halleran

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    Names of victims are displayed on a flag in the business area December 16, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Don Emmert

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    A handwritten sign reads 'Pray for Newtown' following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Mario Tama

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    Donna Soto (R), mother of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was shot and killed while protecting her students, hugs her daughter Karly while mourning their loss at a candlelight vigil in honor of Victoria at Stratford High School on December 15, 2012 in Stratford, Connecticut.

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    Jared Wickerham

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    People attend a candlelight vigil to reflect on the violence at the Sandy Hook School at a church on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Spencer Platt

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    Firefighters kneel to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the school following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Mario Tama

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    A US flag flies at half-staff above the White House on December 15, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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    Mandel Ngan

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    A woman speaks on the phone at a diner near Sandy Hook elementary school on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Spencer Platt

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    Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II talks to the media and answers questions the media about the elementary school shooting during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Jared Wickerham

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    People embrace at a prayer service to reflect on the violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School at St. John Episcopal Church on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Mario Tama