Sandy Hook killer’s home to be demolished, Newtown votes

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Former Lanza House In Newtown, Conn. To Be Torn Down.

Local lawmakers in Newtown, Connecticut, voted Wednesday to destroy the home of the gunman who killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. The shooter, Adam Lanza, lived in the home with his mother, Nancy, whom he killed before embarking on the shooting rampage at the school and ultimately killing himself.

The vote Wednesday evening by the Newtown Legislative Council approves a proposal by the board of selectmen to raze the 3,100-square-foot home and keep the land as open space. Neighbors have been pleading with town officials to tear down the house, with one resident saying it’s “a constant reminder of the evil that resided there.” Amy DeLoughy, whose house sits across the street, wrote to the council that her children’s bus stop had to be moved because it was too scary for the kids to wait near the house.

Ian and Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, died in the shooting, have said they moved out of the neighborhood because seeing that house across the way was too painful for them. But neighbors say it has become a destination for macabre tourists “who still drive by and pause and take photos on a regular basis,” Ackart wrote. Llodra has asked town attorneys to write something into the deed that will prohibit the town from profiting from any future sale or development of the land.

But not everyone likes the idea of leaving the space open. “Leaving the property to nature would mean there is still a sense of darkness in our neighborhood,” she said. “Love and light that a new family would bring would help heal some of the very deep wounds we are still tending to.”

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