Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting, Adam Lanza's home has been a scary reminder of the events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. Now the town is determined to do something about this "constant reminder of the evil that resided there."
In a related report by the Inquisitr, a cousin of the Duck Dynasty family named Zach Dasher claimed the Sandy Hook shooting can be blamed on atheism. Gun control proponents, on the other hand, believed the guns used in the Newtown massacre could be blamed and sued Bushmaster for the AR-15.
The house on 36 Yogananda Street has a sordid history. Not only was it the home of Adam Lanza, it was the place where he shot and killed his mother, Nancy, before committing to the school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead. The house that has been vacant since the tragedy that happened on December 14, 2012, and several families of the victims have asked that the house to be torn down because it constantly "reminds them of the massacre." Even a nearby school bus stop had to be moved since the children found it too scary to wait near the looming two-story residence that sits atop a small hill.
Neighbor Dave Ackart wrote, "Not only is the property a constant reminder of the evil that resided there — those of us who walk, run, drive, ride or otherwise must pass it multiple times a day, are having a hard time moving on." One family, whose son died in the Sandy Hook shooting, said they moved out of the neighborhood since the sight of the building was too much for them.
Newtown is actually the owner of the house, which is said to be worth around half a million dollars. The home was part of Nancy Lanza's estate. Adam's brother, Ryan Lanza, was the sole heir to the property, and he sold the 3,100-square-foot house to Norwalk attorney Kenneth Gruder's company. Gruder than sold the house to the Hudson City Savings Bank of New Jersey in September, and ownership was then transferred to Newtown on December 3, 2014.
Everything inside Adam Lanza's home, including the rugs and lighting fixtures, were destroyed and burned so that nothing could become Sandy Hook shooting "murderabilia." But Mr. Ackart reports that the Newtown house has become a hot spot for thrill-seeking tourists "who still drive by and pause and take photos on a regular basis."
Due to these issues, the Newtown Legislative Council approved a proposal to raze the building to the ground and leave the lot open. The demolition is expected to cost around $27,000 and will use some of the $1.2 million that was given to the town as part of a fundraiser. But neighbor Amy DeLoughy believes the property should be sold so a new family can rebuild over the ashes of the old.
"Leaving the property to nature would mean there is still a sense of darkness in our neighborhood," she said, according to AP.
"Love and light that a new family would bring would help heal some of the very deep wounds we are still tending to."