Funerals begin in Newtown; services for 2 boys to be held Monday

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NEWTOWN, CONN. (WPIX) — Two funerals were scheduled for Monday, following Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. And it’s only the beginning.

Funeral services are planned for 1st graders Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner Monday afternoon. They are just two of the 20 children gunned down. Six women were murdered at the school as well, when authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza used a high powered rifle to fire off hundreds of bullets. He then killed himself with a handgun. Lanza’s mother was found dead in their home. She was shot before Lanza drove to the school, according to authorities.

“I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. I can only hope it helps for you know that you are not along in your grief,” said President Barack Obama.

He attended an interfaith vigil Sunday night at Newtown High School, after he met with victims’ families.

Obama promised the people of Newtown action.

“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex and that is true. No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society but that can’t be an excuse for inaction,” said Obama.

As the community continues to grieve, memorials have been set up around town. “It’s a hard time, but you gotta take it one day at a time,” said one mourner outside Newtown High School Sunday.


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