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Father speaks about losing son in the Sandy Hook shooting

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NEWTOWN, Conn. - Candles, cards, and flowers line the streets of Newtown, Conn. in memory of the 26 lives taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Mourners thinking of their own children, turn to each other and their faith for comfort as they light candles and leave messages behind for young lives taken too early.

One father, Neil Heslin so distraught he approached us to share his anguish.

"We dropped him off at nine o'clock. He gave me a hug, a kiss and a pat on the back saying everything was gonna be ok. That was the last I saw him," Heslin explained.

He says his 6-year-old son Jesse Lewis was among the 26 victims. Heslin told NEWS10 his son was inside of Victoria Soto's classroom that day. Soto was also identified as one of the victims.

"He was my only child, my love," said a distraught Heslin.

Saturday night, the flames burned brightly for all the victims at St. Rose Catholic Church where Heslin and hundreds of other mourners gathered to unite as a community and pray for the families affected by the tragedy.

Ree Suba, a mother of three children said, "Even if you don't directly know someone you end up learning it was the face of the person you see at the diner or in the pews at church."

Heslin turning to prayer in his time of grief as he suffers the loss of his only child. "I was supposed to make ginger bread houses with him. I was supposed to go back to school at 2:30. That never happened."
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