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ETX business owner creates memorial for CT shooting victims

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An East Texas business owner has created her own memorial to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Maria Avelar posted photos of the victims of the Connecticut shooting in the window of her downtown Tyler bail bonds business. With the photo is a list of the names of the teachers and students gunned down one week ago Friday. With the pictures are three plants. Each plant represents the girls, the boys and the teachers who were killed.

Avelar says the plants are better than flowers because they'll live much longer. She says she will not be taking her memorial down, so it will serve as a constant reminder of our precious life is.

"I think, as a parent, I needed to remind parents that when they get home, as soon as they see their kids, hug them and kiss them because you never know if it's going to be the last time you're going to do it," says Avelar. The way these little angels died really got to me. They didn't deserve it. They were barely beginning to live."

Avelar says she and a small group of people will be meeting by the window at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day to pray for the people who lost their lives and their families. The public is welcome to join them.

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