Posted: Dec 15, 2012 7:20 PM
Updated: Dec 15, 2012 7:24 PM
Most of us simply couldn't imagine something like the Connecticut tragedy happening in our neighborhoods. But for one Kentucky woman, Newtown, Connecticut is her hometown.
"This is beyond imaginable," says Cameron Lawrence, a native of Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
Lawrence, now a Louisville resident, echoes what most of the nation is thinking. But she knows firsthand the peace that gunman shattered.
"I'm heartbroken for the families, for my hometown. Newtown is a beautiful little town," she says. "My family's up there. My mother's up there and my sisters are nearby," says Lawrence.
Lawrence also went to Sandy Hook Elementary in the fourth grade. "It's as though time has collapsed. I'm in my 50's now and it's as though time has collapsed and school is very vivid for me."
In an instant, Lawrence was back at her elementary school. "I know that entrance. I know where the office is. I kind of had to stop thinking about it because I was like, 'OK, the hallway this way, the hallway that way, which way did he go?'"
Lawrence spent part of Friday morning talking to her best friend from fourth grade. They're devastated to see the happy town she called home now forever marred by tragedy.
"What do you call it when you're smiling and laughing at the memories and you want to scream at today's realities?"
Lawrence says she had already made plans to go home next week for the holidays.