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Six-year-old Noah Samuel Pozner, one of twenty young children and six staff members killed during the Sandy Hook Elementary School rampage in Newtown, Connecticut (and the only Jew among the slain), was buried on this date in 2012. Noah was shot multiple times in his first-grade class by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who ultimately killed himself. Noah Pozner’s mother kept an open coffin at the funeral so that the American public would see the reality of the violence done to her boy. He was survived by a twin sister. “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics,” said President Obama after the Sandy Hook attack, but there has been no reform in gun laws in the two years since.
“Noah was an impish, larger-than-life little boy. Everything he did conveyed action and energy through love. He was the light of our family, a little soul devoid of spite and meanness.” —Newtown Bee obituary