The horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that took the lives of 28 people, 20 of those being children from the ages of 5 to 10, has left the entire nation heartbroken today. And some celebrities, including parents Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff, Christina Applegate, and Kevin Bacon have expressed their sorrow, shock, and disbelief through tweets that offered up prayers and condolences to those affected by the tragedy.
It’s been reported that the gunman is 20-year-old Adam Lanza, whose mother Nancy was a either a teacher or an aide at the elementary school, located just 65 miles northeast of New York City. After the rampage, which began in the school’s main office and continued on in a kindergarten classroom, Adam Lanza was found dead, although it’s unclear at this time if he took his own life. Police have also discovered the body of an unknown adult at the Lanza family home. ABC News reports it is Nancy Lanza.
After the tragedy, a tearful President Barack Obama addressed the nation. “We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years and each time I hear the news, I react not as a president but as anybody else would as a parent,” he began, before getting choked up. “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. The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them: birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own … This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter, and we'll tell them that we love them, and we'll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight, and they need all of us, right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans, and I will do everything in my power as President to help.”
How could someone be so evil as to kill innocent children at school? God Bless and watch over those families and children that witnessed it!— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) December 14, 2012
There are just no words. Only sorrow. We are all shedding tears today for those families.— christina applegate (@1capplegate) December 14, 2012
These poor parents probably have Christmas presents for these poor babies. I can't stop crying. I want to rip Bryn out of school.— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) December 14, 2012
Just sick about the news from CT. Sending love to all those families— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) December 14, 2012
Oh my.I am shocked.Heartbroken.Devastating news about this elementary school shooting. What is wrong w/ people?Praying hard 4 these family's— Hilary Duff (@HilaryDuff) December 14, 2012
My heart is breaking as this story unfolds. Let's start a #circleofprayer for the children and their families.— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) December 14, 2012
Praying for Sandy Hook— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) December 14, 2012
Unfathomable news in Connecticut. I have no words. Holiday spirit just got sucked out of me.I'm sick... mmom.me/VGzlT9— Brooke Burke-Charvet (@brookeburke) December 14, 2012
Sending love 2 the families in Connecticut for their tragic loss. 2day I bow my head in sadness— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) December 14, 2012
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