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Newtown observes Christmas with continued support from other communities

Tuesday - 12/25/2012, 11:10am  ET

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Police officers from other communities are on duty today in Newtown, Connecticut, so that Newtown officers can have Christmas Day off.

One police detective from Greenwich, Connecticut who's working a half-day shift in Newtown says, "It's a nice thing that they can use us this way."

Eleven days after the shootings that left 20 children and six adults dead at an elementary school, Newtown continues to receive displays of support and sympathy from around the country. Visitors continued to arrive at town hall on Christmas Eve bringing cards, handmade snowflakes and other tributes to the victims of the shooting.

Several hundred people attended Christmas Eve services at a church less than two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary. The service had a celebratory tone, with just a few vague references to the shooting.

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082-a-11-(Don Roberge, resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, who was visiting a makeshift memorial near the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in AP interview)-"but it'll happen"-Don Roberge, who was visiting a a makeshift memorial near the Sandy Hook Elementary School, believes the community as a whole will be able to heal from the shooting. (25 Dec 2012)

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033-w-32-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Deborah Rich, Danbury, Connecticut, resident who was visiting a makeshift memorial near the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Christmas Eve)--The outpouring of support for Newtown, Connecticut, continues as people from all over stop by the makeshift memorials to pay their respects. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports. (25 Dec 2012)

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APPHOTO CTCR101: Members of the Rutter family of Sandy Hook, Conn., embrace early Christmas morning as they stand near memorials by the Sandy Hook firehouse in Newtown, Conn.,Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012. People continue to visit memorials after gunman Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, and opened fire, killing 26, including 20 children, before killing himself. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) (25 Dec 2012)

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