'They were just little innocent babes'

"This Connecticut shooting is the saddest thing. I’m sad about this, verge of tears, multiple times. They were just little innocent babes."

That’s the text message I got from my 21-year-old sister today, who’s in the car alone driving home to Sioux Falls for Christmas break. She’s a student at the University of Kansas, and has almost six hours ahead of her.

Her text makes me want to cry. It’s so true. “Little innocent babes.”

Another woman walking down Phillips Avenue today heard the news while at lunch at Grille 26. She and her husband were celebrating her birthday, but the mood turned somber.

"It’s Christmas time," Vicki White said, adding that no time is a good time for this. "But these families now have to bury their children instead of buying gifts and celebrating Christmas."