Town Heals and Remembers

Victims' Parents Join Panel on Newtown Memorial

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013  |  Updated 3:20 PM EDT
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Victims' Parents Join Panel on Newtown Memorial

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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2012 file photo, stuffed animals and a sign calling for prayer sit at the base of a tree near the Newtown VIllage Cemetery in Newtown, Conn., after 26 people were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Newtown officials and families of those killed have given away 63,790 stuffed animals and thousands of other gifts that poured into the town in the weeks following the massacre. The final boxes of toys and school supplies were shipped out of the warehouse on March 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Four parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are among the people chosen for a commission that will decide how to memorialize the victims.

Twelve people were sworn in on Monday evening as members of the commission that will evaluate whether, how and where a permanent memorial should be built. The town has received many proposals, but the process is expected to take several years.

A gunman killed 20 children and six women inside the school on Dec. 14.

The victims' parents on the commission are JoAnn Bacon, Brian Engel, Scarlett Lewis and Tricia Pinto.

They and the other members, including architects, were chosen from 35 candidates who volunteered.

The panel's recommendation will be submitted to the Board of Selectmen.

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