Justin Jourdain is among the very few people who have special insight into what residents in Newtown, Conn., are feeling. He was among those inside Red Lake High School in 2005 when a 16-year-old student shot and killed seven at the school before killing himself.
On Wednesday, Jourdain and nine other Red Lake graduates are heading to Newtown in a three-vehicle caravan to be among those offering condolences to the community reeling from the shooting Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 26 people dead, including 20 children, Forum Communications reports.
“All of the memories from 2005, they all came back. We’re dealing with it. It is hard,” Jourdain told Forum.
Among the other survivors of the Red Lake shootings is Missy Dodds, said she has been thinking about how scared the children in Connecticut must have been.
Kim Bartell, the mother of Seth Bartell — one of two students who died in the shooting at Cold Spring’s Rocori High School in 2003 — told Fox 9 News that the Connecticut school tragedy brought back the emotions of “helplessness, loss, unknown.”