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Michelle and her son have set up a memorial for the shooting victims in Connecticut instead of Christmas lights

SACRAMENTO-

As darkness falls and the lights turn on, you can tell this is not your ordinary Christmas display.

“I couldn’t really get in the mood for putting up Christmas lights,” said Michelle Beltran.

Instead, Beltran and her 6-year-old son, Jessie, set up 26 crosses to remember the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

“To let them know that we are thinking about them. This is not the happiest holiday season,” said Beltran.

Her son Jessie added, “We wanted to do something to show that we missed them.”

Michelle is using the memorial as a way to teach her son about the tragedy.

“I told him, you know every one of them (the crosses) is a person,” said Beltran

And why in the shape of a heart? “A heart because, it’s to tell the other people who see that, that God loves them,” said Jessie.

“It made me feel happy and sad (to put up the crosses) because we did something. The sad part is because they are dead,” said Jessie.

The string of lights comes off the crosses and leads up a tree, representing one thing, the victims are now in a better place.

Jessie may be too young to fully understand what happened in Connecticut. But he does know one thing.

“I hope we get a plan to get away from these bad people.”