Garden of Angels memorial in Lou. honors 27 victims of Newtown shooting

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by Mary Lyons

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 1:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 26 at 2:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Louisville memorial that was built to remember four boys who died in a car accident four years ago on the way home from a youth alive event is also honoring the lives of the 27 people who died in the Newtown, Conn. massacre.

Twenty-seven wreaths were laid around the Garden of Angels at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Cypress Street.

They're for the 20 students and seven adults who were killed in connection with the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

Four doves were also hung up to honor Marc, Demar, and Jamar Claybrooks and Aaron Shields who died in a car accident in Dec. of 2008.

 “I'm heartbroken. I’m always heartbroken on Christmas. The first time I’d seen my son was on Christmas day on his wake. But today was a special day that we dedicated not our sons today but we dedicated it to 20 families in Connecticut for their losses,” Frankie Shields, Aaron Shields’ Father, said. 

Aaron Shields' father says this memorial may have been built for his son and his son's friends but it's called the Garden of Angels for a reason.

He says the memorial is open to anyone who needs to grieve or reflect.

 

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