On Friday morning, news reports shock the nation after a gun man entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut and open fired, leaving 20 kids between the ages of 5 and 10 dead along with 7 adults.
The shooter has been identified as Adam Lanza, who was mistaken for his brother Ryan in earlier reports, (and according to Ryan’s Facebook page he might be suing CNN for false reports).
Now, President Barack Obama, who broke down in tears and struggling to speak, during a press conference on Friday evening, had this to say about the innocent lives that were taken:
The majority of those who died were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten-years-old. They had their entire lives ahead of them – birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.
Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams, so our hearts are broken today.For the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain.
This evening Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter. 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 that 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.
Watch the full video below:
This news was so heartbreaking to report that it took the GWL staff hours to come to terms with this tragic incident.
Plus, celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Kourtney Kardashian, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Lil Kim and more are reacting to the devastating news. See what they had to say below:
“Sending prayers to those families who have lost children in this horrific crime. I really am at a loss for words. SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE! If this tragedy doesn’t change something in this country regarding guns…I just want to scream and cry. Deeply saddened. Praying.”
“We have lost innocent lives to madness in Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary today. My condolences to the entire community. Please join me in a three day fast in honor of the dead. Let us reflect upon what we can change in our homes and in our relationships with others to help bring an end to these kinds of atrocities in our communities.
Life is about the quality in which we treat ourselves and…others.May love keep you ALL safe.”
No words. So upset. My heart and prayers go out to all parents family and friends. Sooo sad. God pls help them threw this. GOD pls!
My heart is so heavy right now as I think of these innocent children, teachers, their families and community
I am just waking up to this madness WTF our kids can’t even go to school safe now. I send my deepest prayers
“Dear Lord.. Help us to understand as we Stand with these families. Heal our broken hearts. ‘Pray For Newton'”
I’m shocked and saddened to hear about this school shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
And Rihanna, who also shared a pic:
These poor victims!! Just little angels!! Pray for their families and the victims still fighting for their lives #NewtonCT