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New Details Emerge As Final Victims Laid To Rest In Newtown, CT [VIDEO]

The funerals for the victims of a Connecticut elementary school shooting are wrapping up after a wrenching week of farewells in Newtown, Conn.

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A mourner places a carved wooden cross at a streetside memorial in Newtown, Connecticut.
A mourner places a carved wooden cross at a streetside memorial in Newtown, Connecticut. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Services are scheduled Saturday for 7-year-old Josephine Gay and 6-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene. A service is also planned in Utah for 6-year-old Emilie Parker.

A spokeswoman for the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association says the last victim funerals it knows of are taking place Saturday, although some of the burials are private.

 

AWKWARD IN HIGH SCHOOL

Meanwhile, neiw details are emerging about the shooting a week ago that left 26 dead at the Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunman Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy.

He was the awkward kid who wore the same clothes to school every day. He rarely spoke and even gave a school presentation entirely by computer, never uttering a word. He liked tinkering with computers and other gadgets, and seemed to enjoy playing a violent video game, choosing a military-style assault rifle as one of his weapons.

In high school, Lanza would walk through the hallways, awkwardly pressing himself against the wall while wearing the same green shirt and khaki pants every day. He hardly ever talked to his classmates.”As long as I knew him, he never really spoke,” said Daniel Frost, who took a computer class with Lanza and remembered his skill with electronics. Lanza could take apart and reassemble a computer in a matter of minutes

Lanza seemed to spend most of his time in the basement of the home he shared with his mother, who kept a collection of guns there, said Russell Ford, a friend of Nancy Lanza’s who had done chimney and pipe work on the house.

Nancy Lanza was often seen around town and regularly met friends at a local restaurant. But her 20-year-old son was seldom spotted around town, Ford and other townspeople said.

PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

Police tape stretches across the front yard of the Lanza residence in Newtown., CT
Police tape stretches across the front yard of the Lanza residence in Newtown., CT (John Moore/Getty Images)

The basement of the Lanza home had a computer, flat-screen TV, couches and an elaborate setup for video games. Nancy Lanza kept her guns in what appeared to be a secure case in another part of the basement, said Ford, who often met her and other friends at a regular Tuesday gathering at My Place, a local restaurant.

 

During the past year and a half, Ford said, Nancy Lanza had told him that she planned to move out West and enroll Adam in a “school or a center.” The plan started unfolding after Adam turned 18.

“She knew she needed to be near him,” Ford said. “She was trying to do what was positive for him.”

Ford said Nancy Lanza didn’t elaborate on what type of services she wanted her son to receive. He said she made fewer appearances at the restaurant in recent months.

Mark Tambascio, owner of My Place, said Nancy Lanza described the same plan to him, saying she might move to Washington State.

Back in high school, Frost recalled, someone brought in a video game called “Counter-Strike,” a shooting video game in which players compete against each other as either terrorists or counter-terrorists.

Lanza “seemed pretty interested in the game,” Frost said, and would play it with other students. He remembers the weapons Lanza chose: an M4 military-style assault rifle and a Glock handgun.

Authorities said Lanza used a military-style assault rifle and carried handguns during the rampage at the school. They still have no clear reason why Lanza would lash out at defenseless first-graders and their caretakers.

State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said a final report on the investigation could be months away.

A moment of silence was held Friday in remembrance of those killed at the school. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gathered with other officials in rain and wind on the steps of the Edmond Town Hall as the bell rang. Similar commemorations took place in New Jersey and  across the country.


(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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