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Rest In Peace. Gunman Kills 27, including His Mother & 20 Children in a School Shooting at Connecticut, USA



We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of 27 people, including 20 children who were killed at an elementary school in Connecticut, USA today.

They were reportedly killed after a gunman opened fire on them in what has been described as America’s worst mass school shooting. NBC reports that the killer was a teacher’s son who was clad in black. Carrying two guns, he rampaged through the school during morning classes killing 20 small children and six adults, including his mother. The gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, 20, was also found dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Lanza’s mother is a kindergarten teacher at the school, and it was inside her classroom where most of the casualties were found.

Another body was found at a separate crime scene in Connecticut, with CNN reporting the identity of that person as the gunman’s mother, Nancy.  This raised the death toll to 28.

Eighteen of the children were pronounced dead at the scene, while two died in hospital.

One student told NBC that she was in the gym when she heard “seven loud booms.” “The gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled,” she said. “And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all started crying. All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us,” she added. “So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse.”

The high death toll and the young age of the victims sent shock waves all the way to the White House, where the flag was lowered to half staff.

According to Reuters, President Barack Obama, wiped away tears and paused to collect his emotions while speaking about the killings. “Our hearts are broken today,” he said. “The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old.”

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would – as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”

It is quite hard to imagine what the families of the deceased children and adults must be going through. Indeed, America is in a state of mourning right now and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the entire nation.

May the souls of the departed Rest In Peace.

President Barack Obama makes a statement on the school shooting

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. St. ED!

    December 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    This is what happens when there are more gun shops than Mcdonalds…

    • #what is wrong with the world#

      December 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      I know this is really depressing, and i’m really sad too, but u know it’s not the gun that kills people, people kill people. The first recorded death in history was done with a stone(cain & Abel). Even if guns are banned, criminals would still find a way to get guns. I’m not against anti-gun laws though, all i’m saying is that there has to be a better sloution to this.

    • Tomisin

      December 15, 2012 at 8:17 am

      ugh please stop with this nonsense! Guns don’t kill people? yeah people kill people WITH GUNS. The fact that there are other ways to kill people doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be tighter regulations on guns. Do you think this person would have been able to kill 27 people with a stone?

    • Eno

      December 15, 2012 at 8:25 am

      It is bad enough that we have so many mad people roaming the streets, but we all know that it is a totally different case when these people have easy access to guns. Please do not compare guns to sticks and stones. These people have access to semi automatic weapons for crying out loud. I bet if you were a parent whose child was killed in the name of giving people freedom to own guns you would be singing another song.

    • Aibee

      December 15, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      FYI, Connecticut, the State where this tragedy happened, has very tight, strict, stringent (insert whatever synonyms you wish) gun laws. The guns were registered to his mother. So yes, people kill people with whatever weapons they are most familiar with. Rev Jones killed hundreds of people with poisoned kool aid, Adam Lanza used guns. States and Countries now use nuclear weapons. Kool Aid by itself will not kill anyone, a gun will not go off by itself. But under the direction of a human being, they become weapons.

  2. dee one

    December 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    This is really sad, these were mostly young helpless children. I really wonder wat goes on in d minds of these people who carry out these inhuman acts…may their souls rest in peace.

  3. brittany

    December 14, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    and u know on this same day there was one in Memphis and the police officer that was killed has four children…Americans and these their guns

  4. rop

    December 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Sick man…we are truly living on the edge…Lord hep us to remain strong.

  5. jbk

    December 14, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    My heart bleeds!!!

  6. rop

    December 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    @ dee one…you need not bother yourself cause I don’t think anything goes on in the minds of these people anymore oh, seeing as they’ve completely “LOST THEIR MINDS”.

  7. onyi

    December 14, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    if your depressed/bullied/sad n lonely why not kill yourself u idiot? why others?.
    the hype is there now and America will do nothing about gun laws. It happens again n again same old story, so sad never happened in our community before.,. Please Please America wake up from slumber. Higher chance of dying doing nothing wrong like going to the mall or school or restaurant again than elsewhere..Gosh this makes me mad because nothing has been done in past shootings..Pathetic..
    Rest in peace angels…God please help those broken parents and families..##

  8. eggy

    December 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    this is so sad,why will someone do this?i just cant deal. i think they need to adjust the laws concerning fire arms.may their souls rest in peace.

  9. Ikenna Edson

    December 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

    US Gun Ownership (Possession) Laws just have to be reviewed. That’s my take on this. I think it’s enough, and it really is.

  10. X factor

    December 15, 2012 at 12:43 am

    so sad

  11. Creamy_Amie

    December 15, 2012 at 12:47 am

    So sad. What kind of insane monster is this?
    My GOD!
    May their souls rest in Peace.

  12. R

    December 15, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Absolutely tragic! God comfort the families 🙁

  13. Glam

    December 15, 2012 at 5:37 am

    This is so terrible. Some deranged people watch movies and can’t wait to practice what they see, imagine the batman massacre. May their souls RIP!

  14. minini

    December 15, 2012 at 6:57 am

    The shooter was 20 year old Adam Lanza. Ryan is his brother.

  15. Sommie™

    December 15, 2012 at 7:10 am

    UPDATE: “The gunman, identified as Ryan Lanza, 24…”. The gunman actually is Adam Lanza, 20. Ryan Lanza is his elder brother who is currently being questioned. The identities were initially mixed up for yet to be known reasons. Ryna Lanza had to dissociate himself from the killing on facebook before he was picked up for questioning. Read more updates here: Also, the body found in a separate crime scene in newtown isn’t that of his brother as reported here. That body actually is yet to be identified. Adam Lanza killed his mom at home before driving to the school with her car. He didn’t kill her in the class like some other news reported. Further more updates here:

  16. Sommie™

    December 15, 2012 at 7:12 am

    As for gun control advocates, I have no hope whatever that any facts whatever will make the slightest dent in their thinking – or lack of thinking! Now I fully understand Piers Morgan’s sentiments on twitter all these while…

  17. ogags

    December 15, 2012 at 7:13 am

    There are so many sick people roaming the streets sha .may the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. amen

  18. cindy

    December 15, 2012 at 7:42 am

    This is heart breaking……Rip

  19. felicitibelle

    December 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Sad! May their souls rest in peace.

  20. 123

    December 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

    So painful, so close to christmas, how can these parents cope, its heartbreaking, christmas presents will remain unopened, God heal these homes.

  21. Trendysturvs

    December 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

  22. i no send

    December 15, 2012 at 9:15 am

    my heart is broken ……im a mom and i cant imagine what these parents are going through

  23. ada

    December 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

    So terrible…..

  24. chizo

    December 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    May their gentle soul rest in peace. i’m grieved.

  25. black and white

    December 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    why not killers religion, country and others profile publishes in the media? Is he a jew, muslim or christian?

  26. Opel

    December 16, 2012 at 6:07 am

    My heart goes out to those lovely kids,as I whisper a prayer on their behalf.

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