Twenty-six white crosses stand beside the Murdered Tree on Mount Davidson, a memorial to the children and the adults killed by a crazed young man in the heartbreaking tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. We don’t know who put it there, but it’s a moving tribute on the brow of the hill.
Rest in peace, children. Rest in peace, Charlotte Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine Hsu, Catherine Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, Ana Marquez-Greene, James Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, and Allison Wyatt.
And rest in peace those who died defending the children in their care:
Teachers Lauren Rousseau and Victoria Leigh Soto; teacher’s aides Rachel D’Avino, and Anne Marie Murphy; principal Dawn Hochsprung; and school psychologist Mary Sherlach. Rest in peace.
The thought was well-meant, but at least one of those children was Jewish.