NEWTOWN, Conn. (December 19, 2012)--For a third straight day, funeral processions rolled through grieving Newtown, Conn.
The first of the day’s funerals for victims of Friday's shootings at an elementary school was for 7-year-old Daniel Barden.
He was the youngest of three children, and his family says he was "always smiling" and "unfailingly polite."
Hundreds of firefighters formed a long blue line outside a Catholic church.
Daniel wanted to join their ranks one day.
Some firefighters came from New York, where his family has relatives who are firefighters.
In the town of Stratford, meanwhile, family members and friends gathered to say goodbye to Victoria Soto.
The 27-year-old teacher has been hailed as a hero for dying while trying to shield her students, some of whom managed to escape.
A longtime friend says Soto "loved her job" and always described her students as "good kids."
Two other children were also laid to rest Wednesday.
One Newtown man who has been to one of the funerals and plans to attend two or three more says it seems that all he hears now are motorcycle escorts and funeral processions.
"It's just a constant reminder,” he said.
Meanwhile anxious parents are driving up sales of armored backpacks for children in the wake of the school shooting.
Sales on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, like the ones used by a gunman last week to kill 26 people at an elementary school, are also flying off gun store shelves.
Firearms enthusiasts are stocking up because they fear potential gun control measures.
Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the Connecticut mass shootings, and some online retailers are removing assault rifles from websites in part because of diminishing supplies.
In Utah, a manufacturer reports a spike in sales of armored backpacks designed to shield children caught in a shooting.