For two-and-a-half years, Brookfield’s ‘graffiti bridge’ has served as a tribute to victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
There were 26 hearts, one for each victim, spray painted underneath the railroad bridge, but recently someone covered it up.
The gray paint covered up the tribute that stood for more than two years. It was a memorial to neighboring town Newtown and a December morning nobody in Connecticut will ever forget.
Now, people want to know why someone would do this.
"Especially these were little babies. They're never going to go to a prom, get married, never do anything like you and I have the privilege of doing, so I think it’s sad and I think it should be put back up,” said John Kinnane of Brookfield.
In December of 2012, Brookfield High School’s Peer Counselors painted the mural.
While many said they are upset that this memorial is gone, others said they are okay that the constant reminder to that dark day is covered up.
"The Sandy Hook tragedy was a very, very sad thing, but there's always new stuff happening and it’s okay to put all that up there, good things that have happened in the town,” said Betty Cook of Brookfield.
The Housatonic Railroad Company owns the bridge and said while employees were recently doing work there, they said they did not paint over it.
The company said “We were sad to learn that someone had vandalized the Newtown tribute on our bridge in Brookfield. It’s hard to imagine what value someone gains from such an act.”
"I think it’s very sad thing. This is something to remind all of us, ever day of the tragedy, especially of the children,” said Donna Pipkin of Danbury.
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