US shooter's dad lays son's body to rest

2013-01-01 22:52

New York - The father of the deranged gunman who massacred 20 small children and six other people at an elementary school and also killed his mother has finally been able to lay his son's body to rest.

A family spokesperson told AFP that Peter Lanza, a tax executive at General Electric, "claimed Adam Lanza's body on Thursday and there were private arrangements that took place over the weekend."

The spokesperson would not say what kind of ceremony was held, saying "the family wants folks to respect their privacy and isn't going to elaborate on the specifics."

Adam Lanza, 20, shot himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14 as police closed in after he had gunned down 20 small children and six staff members. Immediately before the spree, he had shot dead his mother at her house in Newtown, a small town in Connecticut.

His body remained in the Connecticut medical examiner's office until its release last week, the family spokesman said.

The mother, Nancy Lanza, was buried in a private ceremony in New Hampshire. She was divorced from Peter Lanza and had been raising her bright but deeply disturbed son on her own.

The shootings, in which Adam Lanza wielded a semi-automatic assault-style rifle, provoked a major national debate on gun control.

US President Barack Obama has pledged to back a new bill coming up very soon to ban military-style weapons of the kind Lanza used.

  • lownabester - 2013-01-02 00:24

    Still his child, it must be so difficult for them.

      jameel.patel.39 - 2013-01-02 06:30

      Headline reads that his body will be laid to rest, after killing so many & killing you own mother i doubt rest will find you in your grave...

      johan.louw.399 - 2013-01-02 16:08

      The face of a sick killer!!How can any parent love such a monster? May be only if they carry the same genes!

  • StanSenamo - 2013-01-02 04:02

    News24 you must pls get your facts right before nonsensical reporting. The first time you reported that this 20yr old first shot his father dead before he went he went to school to shoot his mother and the other victims. Now amazingly his father is laying him to rest, WTF is this?

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2013-01-02 04:41

      Stan you must be confused! I've been following this story the entire time and this is the first time they mention the father, there was never any mention that he shot him. It was ALWAYS reported that he shot his mother THEN went to school and shot the 20 small kids and 6 adults. You should get your facts straight it would seem! Maybe you just had a VERY good New Year!

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2013-01-02 05:42

      Vanessa - clearly you did not follow the entire story. First he shot his dad and then went and shot his mom at the school. That was the first story given. Dont argue if you dont have the facts.

      rude.awakning - 2013-01-02 05:54

      i recall that he shot his mother at the school where she was teaching, and that they found a body of a male relative at another location i thought was his brother. I wasnt following the story just recalll reading something like that! Will we ever know the motive /reason for the shooting spree?

      Peter Zylstra - 2013-01-02 06:07

      @Stan, this is so typical news ala full of factual errors and the grammar they use!!!!!!

      Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-02 06:11

      Stan is right those detail emerged on the 14th of December around 23h30. At that time it was thought the gunmen also killed his brother in addition to his parents.

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2013-01-02 06:22

      @Dawn... again must be a common human error since you also can't spell my name correctly even though it's right in front of you! Maybe I missed the article on News 24 that stated he shot his dad, but I've read articles on several websites and watched bulletins on TV and the story has ALWAYS been that he shot his mom dead at another location first, THEN went to the school and killed the other victims! As far as I understood he had no real connection to any of the victims at the school which makes it even MORE tragic!!!

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2013-01-02 06:31

      To be fir, News24 only reports what they get from other news feeds. CNN and other major news networks all ran with the story of the brother being the killer, having shot his father, then mother and then the children. An accomplice was also seen leaving the area, which never happened.

      stella.hlophe - 2013-01-02 07:54

      Venessa is too quick to ask other people to get their facts straight while she fails to do so herself. Stan is correct!

      Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2013-01-02 09:22

      VENESSA - another one of those self adjusted names. Nothing to do with spelling. You take people out about things you THINK you know about. First confirm details before you call somebody else a lier.

  • bones.meintjies - 2013-01-02 05:40

    Actually Vanessa, I read thr article that Stan is talking about. Maybe your new year was to good?

      Venessa Born Stubborn Ede - 2013-01-02 06:18

      Well it's obviously a common human error since you can't spell my name correctly even though it's right in front of you!

      gwilym.howes - 2013-01-02 09:47

      @Venessa: You seem obsessed with the spelling of your name! Perhaps you should also be just a little annoyed with your parents who saw fit to use an unusual spelling of an otherwise well known name... I suspect you will encounter many more such misspellings!

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-02 06:44

    I want to believe that Peter is a capable father due to the fact that he is raising his other son who is also in the tax industry as an expert!! But I'm not convinced because he is not being mentioned in all the evidence coming from friends and ralatives, yet from all the stories its easy to see that almost everyone associated with Adam could see that the boy was very smart but had a serious social condition. Now my question is. Did Peter do enough to save this kid?

  • marinus.coetzee.3 - 2013-01-02 07:14

    Here it was reported - as relayed from AFP (Agence France-Presse - a reputable international news agency) - that the Dad was also shot. However, anyone who followed the story since would have known that this was unconfirmed information at the time. I'm saddened by the fact that so many people are so negative in their comments as a first point of departure. Instead of confirming your own facts, instead of double checking your own viewpoint, instead of second guessing yourself, you jump to criticize, break down and insult everything that is South African, in this case News24, which is by the way one of the best online news sites in the world. Will you now - with the facts in mind - also criticize AFP for their 'bad' reporting and maybe even vow to not ever read anything from AFP again? Good luck with that, because almost all of our international news reporting in South Africa is relayed from international news agencies like AFP. My wish for 2013 is for more mature readers who will interact in a positive and constructive manner on these public forums.

  • judge.dread.1428 - 2013-01-02 08:30

    These are the works of deadly ILLUMINATI,so that people are strip off their gun ownership rights

      johan.louw.399 - 2013-01-02 15:45

      All these retarded idiots in our society should be taken out of society all over the world and also the parents who knows about their retarded kid and stop blaming the guns for their sick actions!!! Some parent should never think of having children due to their own retarded genes! Identify these sick things in our societies we are living in and do something where they may never ever live or harm others in our society… same with the child molesters & rapist get rid of them .How can anybody feel sorry for something indescribable sick brain monster.

  • ray.molekoa.5 - 2013-01-02 10:48

    She has been raising her bright , listen to this , bright and deeply disturbed son ! HELLO patriotic white media, her bright son killed innocent young children who knew nothing of his BRIGHTNESS ! Any person who did what he did deserves no mention of brightness .

      nyakanyaka.nyakanyaka - 2013-01-02 15:18

      Verwoerd must b exhumed n his remains thrown into the ocean. Yes he is bright like his uncle George hw Bush.

      nyakanyaka.nyakanyaka - 2013-01-02 15:18

      Verwoerd must b exhumed n his remains thrown into the ocean. Yes he is bright like his uncle George hw Bush.

  • leslie.rabie - 2013-01-02 11:22

    Feel so sorry for the family - Has anybody seen 'we need to talk about Kevin"?

  • lani.dewet.3 - 2013-01-02 13:54

    Oh for heavens sake! Can you people stop arguing about what was reported when? The fact remains 20 CHILDREN was murdered, does it really matter if it was before or after? If he shot his mother or father or brother first etc? Grow up!!

  • des.maartens - 2013-01-02 21:04

    It seems common that news24 is unfairly blamed. People must READ AND UNDERSTAND THE STORY BEFORE RUSHING BACK THEIR COMMENTS. They must also not comment unless they have followed the whole saga from the beginning.

  • nyakanyaka.nyakanyaka - 2013-01-02 21:52

    God loves innocent people n especially kids, so wats wrong wen children go to their father, nomatter the route to heaven.

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