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Tri-state parents react to the Newtown shooting

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Today's deadly school shooting is every parents worst nightmare.

As the heartbreaking details started to emerge about just how many children were killed, parents in the tri-states just wanted to hold their own kids.

Pete Anthony picks up his grandson every Friday, but today he greeted his grandson in tears, simply thankful to be able to hold him.

"Any parent would feel the same way, one thing I know, hell is not going to be hot enough for this man,  the innocent kids," said Anthony.

Ruby Stevens eagerly waited for her daughter Emma to emerge through the gates at Madison.

She was happy to have her daughter back after watching coverage of the shooting all day.

"There's a weird feeling in your stomach you just want to throw up, go pick up your kids, hug them and not let them out of your sight," said Stevens.

After Miranda Rollf picked up her two boys, she says it's days like this when she counts her blessings.

"Very lucky, and it's just devastating to know that people have to go through that kind of thing and we just have to protect our kids to make sure that something like that doesn't to ours as well," said Rollf.

While these Quincy parents may be far from the tragedy in Connecticut, they share the pain of the moms and dads who weren't able to take their child home from school today.

"I just want to say to those families that suffered the loss, our hearts go back with them, every parent in this world," said Anthony.

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