Two people who allegedly defaced a mural that paid tribute to the 26 children and educators killed at Sandy Hook School have been arrested. Southington police say the back of a detached garage on Summer Street was vandalized. A mural is painted there in remembrance of the victims.
21-year-old Gina Lombardi confessed to partially vandalizing the memorial, confirming 20-year-old Lorenzo Cavallo was also responsible for adding additional graffiti. They were charged with criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.
The cost to repair the mural was estimated at $2,500.
WTNH reports that Lombardi was apologetic when being interviewed by police, stating she did not know the significance of the mural and was not intentionally defacing the memorial. Lombardi stated that she was frustrated with law enforcement over an incident in Plainville, felt helpless and had a bad knee jerk reaction.