POSTED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 10:31am
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 10:31am
Residents band together in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.
A growing memorial has become a focal point in Newtown, Connecticut.
Each day long lines of cars bring thousands of tearful mourners to the little town.
They're carrying candles, letters and stuffed animals and laying them at a Christmas tree to honor the 26 victims from Sandy Hook Elementary.
"We felt kind of helpless at home, we felt like we needed to do something to help out somehow," says Jennifer Meeker, who traveled from nearby Fairfield.
Tuesday morning brought another step toward healing as most Newtown students go back to class,
but not at Sandy Hook.
Police have indefinitely locked down the school while their investigation continues.
The district is preparing a middle school in a neighboring town for Sandy Hook's students.
Today also marks another round of grief as families continue to bury their loved ones.
Among the services Tuesday is a viewing for Vicki Soto, the teacher who died shielding her students.
Investigators confirm the shooter had visited multiple gun ranges ahead of the massacre.
They say he went with his mother, the first victim of his rampage and legal owner of the guns.
Police have also obtained a broken computer found in his mothers home, but determining a motive will still be tedious.