US shooter's relatives express sorrow

2012-12-16 14:11
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Kingston - Relatives of a Connecticut woman fatally shot by her son before he killed 26 people at a school then killed himself say in a statement that they share the grief of the Newtown community and Americans everywhere.

A sheriff in New Hampshire, where Nancy Lanza once lived, read the statement on Saturday, saying the family is trying to understand "the tremendous loss".

Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing said Lanza's brother James Champion, a retired police captain in New Hampshire, and other relatives express their "heartfelt sorrow" and "the whole family is traumatised by this event".

Champion would not discuss what might have triggered his nephew to go on the shooting spree.

Nancy Lanza's family described her as kind, loving and considerate.

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