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Newtown Residents Want To Tear Down Adam Lanza’s House, Survey Says

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Some residents of Newtown, Conn., want the former home of Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza to be torn down, according to a new community survey.

More than 1,600 residents responded to the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation survey.

The results, released Monday, show that many residents believe that not enough has been done in the wake of the December 2012 mass shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators.

The foundation, which has more than $11 million in donations, is looking for the proper way to spend those funds.

Most respondents said the money should be given to mental health services and expenses for the victims’ families.

A small percentage said they would like to see Adam Lanza’s home bought and leveled, according to Jennifer Barahona, the foundation's executive director.

"That's not something we're considering at this time," Barahona told The Associated Press. "It's really outside of our scope."

Several of those who want to raze the house live near Lanza’s former home.

Lanza, 20, lived in the 3,200-square-foot colonial house with his mother, Nancy.

The property, in Nancy Lanza’s name, is tied up in probate court proceedings. According to court documents, it now belongs to Peter Lanza and their other son, Ryan.

The house is valued at about $524,000, according to town records. 

"There really is nothing we can do," Barahona said. "The estate is in probate, and it's likely to be there for years to come. I also imagine there would be lawsuits against the estate at some point."

Sources: AP, Daily Mail