Town issues statement in support of employee whose niece was killed in Newtown school shooting
Town leaders issued statements of sympathy and support Tuesday in response to the deadly Newtown, Conn., school shooting that claimed the life of 6-year-old Catherine Hubbard, the niece of Police Department legal adviser Matt Sullivan.
Town Manager Roger Stancil also sent an email message to town employees informing them Sullivan’s niece was one of the 20 Sandy Hook Elementary school students killed Friday by Adam Lanza, a troubled 20-year-old who also shot to death his mother and six educators before turning one of the three guns he carried on himself.
“After learning of the shooting on Friday, Matt left for Connecticut to be with his family,” Stancil wrote. “He has been in touch with his co-workers at the Police Department over the weekend and, through them, has asked that we allow him and his family some time to mourn.”
Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt also issued a statement in support of Sullivan and his family.
“We send our love and support to Matt and his family,” Kleinschmidt said. “We hope this family and the entire community of Newtown finds peace and comfort in time.”
Catherine, whose obituary said will be remembered for her “passion for animals and constant smile,” was the daughter of Sullivan’s sister Jennifer Hubbard and her husband, Matthew Hubbard.
The first two of the children killed in the horrific shooting were buried on Monday and more burials were scheduled this week.
A wake is scheduled today for Catherine from 4 p.m., to 7 p.m., at St. Rose of Lima Church and a funeral Mass will be Thursday at 10 a.m., also at St. Rose.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Newton Animal Center, PO Box 475, Newton CT 06470. Donations can also be processed online:
The Police Department will make a donation to the Newtown Animal Center in honor of Catherine.
Stancil told employees that Sullivan and his family will need their support long after he returns from Connecticut.
“Please keep them all in your thoughts,” Stancil said.