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Newtown Mom Visits Utah Hometown for Ceremony

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Photo of Robbie and Emilie Parker (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo of Robbie and Emilie Parker (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ A woman who lost a child in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is visiting her hometown in Utah this week for a private ceremony to honor her slain daughter.

Alissa Parker is also planning to speak about a program in which she and other victims’ parents are raising awareness of school security issues. It is called Safe and Sound a Sandy Hook Initiative.

Parker’s 6-year-old daughter, Emilie, was among 20 first-graders killed in the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown. Emilie was buried in Ogden, Utah, the hometown of her parents Alissa and Robbie Parker.

The Parkers are among six Sandy Hook families involved in the initiative that encourages communities to review and update their school security plans. It is also raising money to provide grants for school districts.

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