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Clearwater man thankful for free flight to Sandy Hook funeral

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A Clearwater businessman is thankful to United Airlines.  The company flew him and other families affected by the December 14th shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut. 

"United offered free service all the way to and from.  Upgraded me to first class.  Gave me a meal certificate.  So it was part of their efforts that I got there to pay tribute to my cousin" said Jones. 

Jones' 6 year old cousin, Ana Grace Marquez-Green, died in her classroom, along with 19 classmates, and 6 adults, when crazed gunman Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree.  Her funeral was on December 22nd.  More than 2000 people attended. 

"Witnessing a coffin being brought down the aisle of a 6 year old, and you don't know how small a coffin is for a child till you actually see one.  So really there wasn't a dry eye in the church," said Jones.

Jones is hopeful that Ana's death will cause people to reflect on classroom security issues.  "I don't know if it's armed guards in every school, or more legislation regarding gun control. but certainly something has to be done.  Tragedies like this can't happen any more" he said.

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