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State and Nation

December 20, 2012

Funerals for 4 kids, teacher shot at Conn. school

— NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — More funerals and a memorial service are scheduled to be held in Connecticut and New York for students and teachers killed by a gunman at an elementary school.

Funerals are scheduled Thursday in Connecticut for 7-year-old Grace McDonnell and 6-year-olds Benjamin Andrew Wheeler, Catherine Violet Hubbard and Jesse Lewis.

A funeral will be held Thursday morning in Katonah, N.Y., for teacher Anne Marie Murphy.

A memorial service has been scheduled for teacher Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau.

In addition, the families of 6-year-old Olivia Rose Engel and behavioral therapist Rachel Marie D'Avino have calling hours Thursday.

At least nine funerals and wakes were held Wednesday, and more are planned.

Gunman Adam Lanza burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, killing 20 children and six adults before committing suicide.

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