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updated: 12/31/2012 7:21 AM

Families make final visit to Newtown memorial

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  • Snow-covered stuffed animals with photos attached sit at a memorial in Newtown, Conn. Police escorted parents and other family members of children and educators killed at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday to the massive memorial of candles, handwritten cards, stuffed animals and more before the items were removed.

      Snow-covered stuffed animals with photos attached sit at a memorial in Newtown, Conn. Police escorted parents and other family members of children and educators killed at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday to the massive memorial of candles, handwritten cards, stuffed animals and more before the items were removed.
    Associated Press

  • Portraits of slain students and teachers hang from a tree at a memorial in Newtown, Conn. On Saturday morning, 15 days after the shooting deaths, the mementos were removed.

      Portraits of slain students and teachers hang from a tree at a memorial in Newtown, Conn. On Saturday morning, 15 days after the shooting deaths, the mementos were removed.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Parents and other family members of children and educators killed at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School have made one last visit to a memorial to the victims.

Police escorted the group on Friday to the massive memorial of candles, handwritten cards from around the world, stuffed animals and countless other expressions of grief and condolences.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports that after the families left, a town crew began removing the snow-covered memorial.

On Saturday morning, 15 days after the shooting deaths, the mementos were gone.

The town has said biodegradable materials such as flowers will be composted into soil. Nonbiodegradable materials will be ground up and combined with a cement slurry to make blocks for a future memorial.

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