It is the nation's second-deadliest school shooting. A man killed his mother at their home this morning and then opened fire at a Connecticut elementary school, massacring 26 people, including 20 children.
They came together in inconsolable grief, shock and sadness. The members of this small community of Newtown, Connecticut.
Mourners gathering for a candlelight vigil following a tragedy of unimaginable horror. Just hours earlier twenty children and six adults were brutally gunned down in the Sandy Hook Elementary School. "Children, beautiful children that had simply come to school to learn," said Gov. Dan Malloy, Connecticut.
Frantic parents rushed back to the school desperate for any information about their children.
"I just came up from Bridgeport, it was the longest drive of my life, not knowing."
Parents clung to one another as they waited for news. Then the horrifying reality no one could comprehend. "This is a nightmare, want to wake up from it, in shock," John Dunleavy, Parent.
The shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed his mother then drove to the school where she was a teacher and opened fire on her students. He too died at the school. Police and swat teams surrounded the school and stormed outlying buildings.
Once the scene was secured teachers escorted the students to safety out of harm's way, but still protecting their innocence by having them close their eyes as they walked past the carnage.
At the local fire station the parents of victims gathered to await identification. "It was awful, this was 20 people the week before Christmas who just lost their joy. How do you live with that," said Monsignor Robert Weiss, St. Rose of Lima Church.
Grief stricken, President Barack Obama addressed the nation. "The majority who died today were children beautiful little kids between the ages of five and ten years old."
Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:24:13 GMT
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