Some Newtown Residents Want Lanza Home Torn Down

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By Dave Altimari, Hartford Courant

Some Newtown residents have suggested that the town purchase and tear down the home of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza and turn the property into a park or nature preserve.

For the past few months, the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation has been surveying residents on the long-term needs of the town. The foundation has been raising money since the 2012 shooting and has more than $4.4 million that it has not distributed. It has established a committee to decide how to use that money.

More than 1,600 residents responded to the survey. The overwhelming majority indicated the biggest priority is long-term mental health assistance for individuals touched by the shooting in which 20 first graders and six adults were killed, including students and first responders.

An unspecified number of respondents indicated they would like to see house at 36 Yogananda St. where Lanza and his mother, Nancy Lanza, lived torn down. Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother at the house before heading to the school.

The idea would be similar to what occurred following the Cheshire triple homicide, when the fire-ravaged Petit family house was torn down and a garden was planted in its place. The circumstances are different in Sandy Hook because the Lanza house is not damaged and the property will be owned by Ryan Lanza, Adam’s older brother.


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  • Menotu

    Nuke the entire town. Turn it to glass. Then we can stop hearing about poor distraught Newtown and move on to more pressing events that actually matter in our daily lives…

    According to the CDC in 2010 there was an average of 31 deaths per day in gun related homicides (and how many of these are involving legal gun-owning citizens???). Also according to the CDC 30 people per day die in alcohol related vehicle crashes. Yet you don't see anyone wanting to tear down any liquor stores or bars…

    Wake up people!