The house of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooter, served as a constant reminder of tragedy for locals, prompting the city to finally demolish the structure. The city managed to tear down the home in just two hours and now plans on letting nature do the rest. They also made sure no one would be able to take away a piece of memorabilia.
According to CBS News, several neighbors have been asking the city to tear down the house. One resident, Dave Ackart, wrote a letter explaining the problem.
“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.”
Adam Lanza began his rampage on December 14th, 2012, shooting his mother in the house before going on to kill 20 children and six adults. The massacre left the community devastated, and it still struggles to recover.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Lanza house has been a problem for the neighborhood since the shooting. Thrill-seeking tourists drive down the street to take pictures of the home. A nearby school bus stop had to be moved because the children were too scared to be near the house.
One neighboring family, whose son died in the massacre, had to move because the Lanza house was too heartbreaking to live near.
The 3,100 square foot home sat on a 2-acre lot on Yogananda Street. The Lanza family bought it in 1998. After the shooting, a bank acquired the house from the family, which then donated it to the city. It has been vacant since the shooting.
The residents will never have to see the home again.
The house has been transformed into an empty lot. First Selectman Pat Llodra said the demolition of the driveway and foundation would be finished by tomorrow. The city will follow-up by leveling the ground and planting in Spring.
The back of the home is already an open space, allowing the lot to return to nature as the trees and brush slowly move back in.
The city has taken everything out of the house, including rugs and light fixtures, and had them incinerated to hinder anyone looking for Adam Lanza memorabilia according to Fox News.
According to ABC News, the community will soon be celebrating the new Sandy Hook Elementary school. The foundation was started last week.
Pat Llodra explained, “Each of these events are small steps, but the combination of all of them is important to us.”
Hopefully, some of the residents can take comfort knowing the Lanza house is finally gone.
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