President Obama brought the “love and prayers of the nation” to the mourning residents of Newtown, Conn. on Sunday. The interfaith vigil honored the 26 victims who died on Friday in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts,” he told the crowd.
With the first two funerals – for Noah Pozner, 6, and Jack Pinto, 6 – set for Monday afternoon, Obama promised to engage law enforcement, parents and others “in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this.”
The massacre started just after 9:30 AM Friday morning when suspect Adam Lanza, 20, allegedly forced his way into Sandy Hook and opened fire, killing 20 children, six adults and himself.
New reports reveal that Lanza allegedly shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, multiple times in the face before heading to the elementary school.
Authorities believe Adam used guns legally owned by his mother to launch his attack, however the L.A. Times reports that he tried to buy a “long gun” rifle, but didn’t want to wait for the required 14-day background check.
Adam reportedly had an altercation with four staff members at the school on Thursday. According to the Daily Mail, three of those staff members are dead. The fourth did not come into work on Friday.
As details about the tragedy continue to surface, stories of heroism have also come to light. Teacher Victoria Soto, 27, reportedly hid her students in a bathroom or closet when she heard the gunfire and died trying to protect them.