Barack Obama joins grieving families in Newtown
Worshippers filled services to mourn the victims of a gunman’s elementary school rampage that killed 20 children and six adults with President Barack Obama due to appear later at an interfaith vigil to help shattered Newtown to recover.
Twenty-year-old gunman Adam Lanza shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning, firing away at students and staff with the civilian version of a powerful military rifle and at least two handguns. Victims were hit multiple times and at least one was shot 11 times.
All the dead children were either 6 or 7 years old,
Townspeople and visitors took solace in church yesterday. Mass at St. Rose Catholic church was packed. The priest’s announcements included news that the Christmas pageant rehearsal would go on as planned, but without 6-year-old Olivia Engel, killed before she could play the role of an angel.
Obama was scheduled to attend an interfaith vigil with the families of the victims starting at 7 p.m. EST.
Makeshift memorials appeared across the town.
Residents and visitors streamed past a police roadblock to add to the largest. One woman knelt down and sobbed violently.
As the children walked down the street in the rain, carrying their toys and signs, a man sat on the back on his parked car playing a mournful tune on a violin to accompany them.
Still looking for answers
Though Americans have seen many mass shootings in the past decades, the victims have rarely been so young. On Saturday, some Democratic lawmakers called for sweeping new gun-control measures, a move certain to run up against stiff opposition from the nation’s powerful pro-gun lobby.
While the president and families mourn, police are still pushing for a fuller explanation of what drove Lanza, 20, to apparently kill his mother at her house, go to Sandy Hook Elementary, shoot out a window and storm through the school with multiple weapons