Update: Tragedy in Connecticut
There are, as of now, two known photos of Adam Lanza, the 20 year old who visited grief and tragedy on a small town in Connecticut and, by the horror of his deed, the entire nation.
The pictures are as grainy and murky as the reason for such an act. No doubt, for the foreseeable future, all the 24 hour news networks will have a parade of "expert speculators" each telling us why it happened.
We will do updates on this terrible story when and if new viable information is released.But, turning this heart wrenching story into a ratings boon is not our goal.
So, we will bring you the story, as it stands right now.
Our hearts and prayers go out to those families in Connecticut. That is a grief I hope I can never fathom.
Lt. J. Paul Vance, a spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, has issued a statement saying that all the victims have now been identified and information regarding those victims will be released soon.
Vance did say that significant information regarding the shooter, Adam Lantz, was found in the Lantz home. That information is being kept quiet right now as a full investigation continues around the clock.
Only one of the shooting victims survived. That person, who was shot in the foot, remained in a hospital and was to be interviewed by the police on Saturday.
“She will be instrumental in this investigation,” Lieutenant Vance said.
The gunman, identified by law enforcement officials as Adam Lanza, started his killing spree at his home, where he shot his mother, Nancy Lanza.
While the investigation goes on, the small town is dealing with it's grief. Several vigils have been held already and a letter from Pope Benedict XVI was read at one of the vigils.
Here is a portion of that letter:
“I ask God our father to console all those who mourn and to sustain the entire community with the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love,”
At the White House, President Obama struggled to choke back his emotions as he read a statement on Friday. More than once, he dabbed his eyes.
“Our hearts are broken,” Mr. Obama said, adding that his first reaction was not as a president, but as a parent.
“I know there is not a parent in America who does not feel the same overwhelming grief that I do,” he said.
“They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own,” he added. Then the president reached up to the corner of one eye.
In his Saturday morning weekly address to the nation, Mr. Obama reiterated his call to take “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this — regardless of the politics.”