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Blog: Shooting hits close to home for Georgia assistant with Connecticut connections

The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26, including 20 children left a nation in mourning. The tragedy hit particularly close to home for Georgia secondary coach Scott Lakatos.

He graduated from and played linebacker about 10 miles away from Newtown at Western Connecticut. His coaching career began at the Danbury school and Lakatos later was the secondary coach at Connecticut from 2004 to 2009 before joining the Georgia staff.

He said a former roommate of his wife Amanda lives down the street from where the man who police say was the gunman lived.

“She teaches in the middle school,” Lakatos said. “She was in lockdown all that day.”

Lakatos got word after Georgia’s bowl practice on Friday about the shootings in Connecticut from a Georgia graduate assistant, but didn’t know it took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“I looked at my phone and saw Sandy Hook, so I called my wife,” Lakatos said.

It turned out that his wife’s friend and her kids—now in middle school—were safe.

“A little girl in their neighborhood got killed,” Lakatos said. “Most people up there that I know know somebody that was affected by that.”

Lakatos was moved after watching President Barack Obama speak at a Sunday night vigil at a Newtown High School.

“It was incredible,” Lakatos said.

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