Stuffed animals, stockings, flowers, angels and tears

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Following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14 that left 20 young students, as well as the school’s principal and five other staff members, dead, dozens of memorials — both public and private — sprang up all over the Connecticut suburban hamlet. Five days after the shooting, photographer Q. Sakamaki visited the tragic town to document the memorials and the scene. This past week The New York Times reported that Patricia Llodra, Newtown’s first selectwoman, recently made the painful decision to order the community’s Public Works Department to start taking down some of the most elaborate memorials.   - Photos by Q. Sakamaki

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