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Local woman speaks about what it's like to lose a child to violence

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The raw emotions of the victims' families in Newtown, Connecticut can't be understood unless you've been through it.

One local woman who lost her only daughter and her grandson to a brutal killing in 2006 shares what it's like.

Dayna Herroz spoke with News 8's Angie Lee on Sunday. Her daughter Tori and grandson Dean were found strangled to death in their apartment six years ago.

Dayna says, she firmly believes she would not be standing here today had it not been for her amazing support system.

It's also why she has become a counselor for victims of crime.

For Herroz, it's become her lifelong journey to honor her only daughter Tori and Tori's 10-month-old son Dean. Both mother and baby were murdered on July 26, 2006.

Six years later, working with the Jenna Druck Center, an organization that helps families recover from a violent loss, Herroz has found her strength and is giving back.

She says during her most toughest times, her strength came from perfect strangers.

Herroz says it is this kind of support the community of Newtown will need in the coming weeks, months and years.

Herroz says like her, the community of Newtown will have to face the brutal reality that their loved ones will never come back.

It is than, she says they'll need the support more than ever.

The Jenna Druck Center was founded by four families who lost there children when they went abroad. The center reached out to Herroz a year after her loss.

And she says they were a God send, and that they came at the perfect time when she needed it most.

Herroz says we need to remember the families of Sandy Hook will need the support long after the story has died down.

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