JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Everyone has a hometown and Elizabeth Gugino, who now lives in Jacksonville, is proud of her hometown of Newtown, Conn., the scene of the school shooting in Connecticut that claimed 26 lives.
"It was a wonderful town to group up in," said Gugino, 24, who spent the first 22 years of her life in Newtown.
"It was, felt very perfect. Nothing went wrong in Newtown," she said.
Gugino said it is painful to watch the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a school she visited often helping students while in high school.
Newtown is not huge, with a population of 27,000 people. The last murder in the community before the school shooting was a decade ago.
Gugino said she could not have asked to grow up in a nicer place. The people in the Newtown, she said, all seemed to know one another.
The school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, said Gugino, will test Newtown's resolve. She is convinced the New England town will meet the challenge.
When asked what she wants people to remember about Newtown, Gugino candidly answered, talking about the victims.
"I hope that we all remember all the good in the children and the teachers and stop thinking about the bad," she said.
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