NEWTOWN, Connecticut (CNN)-
At a time when Newtown should be reveling in holiday cheer, the grief-stricken community will begin the grim task of lowering little coffins into the ground.
Jack Pinto, 6, whose love for sports ran the gamut but none so deep as football, will be laid to rest Monday.
Noah Pozner, another 6-year-old, whose family said he could get what he wanted just by batting his long eyelashes, will also be buried.
And the heartbreaking ritual will continue for days.
Jessica Rekos on Tuesday. Benjamin Wheeler on Thursday. Madeleine Hsu, Friday. All of them 6 years old.
But even after the families of the 20 children and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school say their last goodbyes, it’s unlikely the tight-knit Connecticut community will ever be the same.
“It’s incomprehensible, the pain here,” resident Darla Henggeler said. “You can’t imagine. We’re still in shock. I can’t let my heart go there because it’s so overwhelming.
“I think once it settles in, I think my heart will break.”
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