US shooter's relatives express sorrow

2012-12-16 14:11

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.

  • tanya.crouse.3 - 2012-12-16 18:30

    My prayers to everybody concerned. The people who died as well as the people staying beind.

  • mmvanzyl1 - 2012-12-16 20:29

    My condolences to the families of all the victims! I can not imagine what those poor children and teachers must have gone through. No one has the right to decide who lives or dies. I really hope America catches a wake up now, their gun laws are pathetic. You can get a gun and bullets from every retailer in the USA,you don't even need a gun license. Some people end up buying more than 20 guns at a time to then resell to the public for a cheaper price. Nevermind if they don't have a gun license or if they are unstable as long as they get the money no worries. USA's Second Amendment isn't a license to kill, when will they understand this?

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