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Sandy Hook Shootings Prompt U. Of Ill. Student To Raise Money

Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. There are 27 dead, 20 of them children, after Adam Lanza reportedly opened fire in one of the largest school massacres in U.S. history. Lanza is dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) – A University of Illinois student hopes to raise $50,000 for people affected by last week’s shootings at a Connecticut elementary school and he’s almost a quarter of the way to his goal.

Chris DeLetto set up a website seeking donations and so far has pledges of more than $12,000.

DeLetto told The News-Gazette newspaper in Champaign that he decided to raise the money because of he was shaken by the shootings. In all 28 people died.

DeLetto says some of the money will go to relief efforts already under way in the Newtown, Conn., area. The senior from Glenview also hopes some of the money can be used for a memorial and would like to buy small gifts for the 600 students at the school.

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