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Originally posted 12/15/2012 10:25AM
A horrific day turned to a night of unspeakable grief as parents received formal notifications that their children were killed in the Connecticut school massacre.
The last of the dozens of bodies – most of them children – were removed by early Saturday from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as police narrowed in on a motive and released the names of the victims.
Investigators have found "very good evidence ... as to how, and more importantly, why, this occurred," State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance told reporters. He didn't disclose what this evidence was.
Originally posted 12/15/2012 03:00PM
Every school shooting I've ever heard about has been exceedingly heartbreaking and has stirred feelings of both rage and sorrow in me. Each one is tragic and awful, and there have been far too many of them in recent years.
But Friday's massacre in Newtown has affected me in a profoundly personal way, as I have a unique perspective on the town ... I am blessed to have grown up there.
Originally posted 12/15/2012 09:45AM
A palpable grief hung in the air on a bitterly cold night in Newtown, Conn., on Friday as hundreds came out to mourn the dead – 20 children and six adults – of the
mass shooting just hours before.
Several services were held around the area, including one at the town hall. At the St. Rose of Lima Church people packed the pews and spilled out the doors.
While hymns and prayers could be heard from inside, outside people cried, hugged, and even laughed at times. Some participated in a prayer circle, silently holding hands before beginning to sing songs including "Amazing Grace" and "Silent Night."
Originally posted 12/14/2012 08:50PM
The father and older brother of the gunman who was blamed for the Connecticut school shooting were being questioned by authorities but are not suspects, a law enforcement source tells PEOPLE.
The Associated Press reports that the gunman has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
His unidentified father, who lives in New York City, and his older brother, Ryan, 24, of Hoboken, N.J., are "in shock," the law enforcement source tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 12/14/2012 07:30PM
Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the Sandy Hook Elementary School principal killed in Friday's mass shooting, will be remembered as a committed educator who was loved by her students.
The principal of the Newtown, Conn., school died trying to protect the students she cared for every day. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, started his rampage in the school's main office, where Hochsprung had reportedly come out of a meeting.
Hochsprung was killed in the shooting, the sound of which was reportedly broadcast over the school's PA system.
Originally posted 12/14/2012 05:30PM
As authorities continue to investigate Friday's horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., details are beginning to emerge about the alleged gunman.
A law enforcement official tells the Associated Press that the shooter has been identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
Although Adam Lanza wasn't named during a Friday afternoon press conference, Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance told reporters, "The shooter is deceased inside the building."
Originally posted 12/14/2012 03:45PM
He addressed the nation as a father himself.
President Barack Obama cried as he shared his condolences about the horrific Connecticut elementary school shooting, taking long pauses as he spoke, visibly shaken and upset.
Here, in his own words, are the president's remarks ...
Originally posted 12/14/2012 02:45PM
The mother of a child at Sandy Hook Elementary School shared her experience of the mass shooting with PEOPLE Friday afternoon.
When our reporter spoke with the woman – who went to the school Friday morning with a book for her child – she was crying and said, "I was hiding under a desk. It was terrifying … my friend's kids are dead."
The woman's children are currently safe at the local firehouse and she is waiting for police to release them. She adds that when the students were evacuated from the school, they were instructed to look away from the office of Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the shooting, when they walked past.
A federal official tells PEOPLE that 27 people were killed in the school Friday morning, including 20 children.
Originally posted 12/14/2012 01:00PM
A massive, deadly shooting broke out Friday morning at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City.
Of the 27 people confirmed dead, 20 are children – 18 were originally reported and now two more have perished at the hospital. Six adults, plus the shooter, died at the scene. The shooter's mother was found dead at another location.
"The shooter is deceased inside the building. The scene is secure," Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police department said in a press conference Friday afternoon. "Many agencies are working together to answer questions about what happened ... the public is not in danger."
CNN reports that one alleged shooter's body was discovered in a classroom, though it is not known if he died by his own hand, by police, or some other means.
Originally posted 07/25/2012 05:00PM
Caleb Medley may have been in the same hospital as his wife Katie when she gave birth Tuesday, but he never made it to the delivery room to see his son take his first breath. A victim of the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting, Medley instead lay in a medically-induced coma one floor below her.
The couple had gone to the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises last Friday as a way to celebrate their last date before becoming parents, but their plans were cut short when the shooting sent Caleb to the University of Colorado's intensive care unit, the Huffington Post reports.
Katie Medley, unhurt from the shooting which killed 12 and injured 58, went ahead with her scheduled induced delivery earlier this week – but not before switching to her husband's hospital in order to be closer to him. She even visited him Tuesday along with their new son, Hugo Jackson Medley, who is 18.5 inches long and weighed in at 7 lbs., 4 oz.
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