Twenty-eight people died Dec. 14 after 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother Nancy, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and opened fire. Twenty children and six staff members died at the school and Lanza was found dead from a self-inflicted wound at the scene.
Dylan Hockley smiles online in a series of family photos. He's Shrek, his mom writes. Or he's "Super Dylan" — posed in a Superman outfit. In other images, he poses with his brother, Jake.
Dylan, 6, was one of the pupils at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., slain Friday in the second-deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Dylan had lived across Yogananda Street from where the violence began. His neighbor, Nancy Lanza, was the mother of the suspected shooter — and apparently the first person killed Friday.
A senior administration official said Obama will travel to Newtown Sunday to attend an interfaith memorial scheduled for the evening.
Nancy Lanza's brother is a police officer in Kingston, N.H., and her family has longtime ties to the Granite State, according to the Union Leader.
The newspaper reported that Lanza's brother and Adam Lanza's uncle, James Champion, is a Kingston police officer. Nancy Lanza and her now ex-husband Peter lived in Kingston until 1988. Nancy Lanza had acquired the property from her mother in 1987, the newspaper reported.
A colleague said James Champion was too distraught to speak, but read a prepared statement on CNN in which he expressed "heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence."
The United Way of Western Connecticut, in partnership with the Newtown Savings Bank, has set up a Sandy Hook School Support fund to provide services to families and community members affected by Friday's school shooting.
Donations by check can be sent to:
Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470
In addition, friends of the family of 6-year-old Emilie Parker have set up a fund to help the family at the America First Credit Union. Individuals can also donate via PayPal using the e-mail email@example.com. Here is a link to the fund's Facebook page.
At the request of local authorities, the Red Cross has sent 50 volunteers, including mental health professionals, to work with the community.
"My name is Robbie Parker. My family is one of the families that lost a member... yesterday." So began a press conference with the father of six-year-old Emilie Parker.
He first sent his condolences to the victims' families, particularly to the family of Adam Lanza, saying he cannot imagine the pain of what they are experiencing now.
He talked about how he was teaching his daughter Portuguese and their last conversation was a short, sweet conversation in that language, ending with an "I love you."
He said he felt no anger toward the shooter.
His friends in Utah set up a fund on Facebook to raise money for the family, and Parker said the outpouring of affection from people on the Facebook page made him feel the need to publicly respond.
In his address on Friday President Obama promised “meaningful action” in the wake of the Newton school shooting.
But what exactly would 'meaningful' gun reform look like? The Post's Wonkblog offers this summary of proposals from advocacy and think tanks that could reduce gun violence in the United States.
Among the ideas - more extensive background checks and a ban on certain type of firearms. Wonkblog's Sarah Kliff offers more details.
Dan Holmes, a landscaper who worked on Nancy Lanza's home, said about a year ago she brought out an antique rifle in a case to show him.
"Guns were her hobby," Holmes said. "She told me she liked the single-mindedness of shooting."
He said he never met her sons, but said she told him she took her youngest, Adam, to a gun range. Authorities say Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother in his home and 26 others at Sandy Hook Elementary School
Nancy Lanza, Holmes said, seemed like "a normal everyday lady."
Holmes said that while she collect old guns, he had no idea she might have the type of weapons used in the school shooting.
"That was a shock," he said.
Holmes said Nancy Lanza never invited him inside, and would even pay him in the yard.
She liked good draft beers and was a regular at a local bar called My Place, he said.
Todd Werden lives across the street from the home of seven-year-old Grace McDonnell, who was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. The two families shared a school bus stop. On many mornings, the Werdens saw Grace's father, Christopher McDonnell, a competitive runner, out for jog.
"It's heartbreaking, just heartbreaking," said Todd Werden. "It's just unfathomable."
Werden described Grace as "a real cute little blonde girl with blue eyes -- a real little doll."
The McDonnell family residence, despite the grim pall cast over their home by the loss of a child, was brightly decorated for the holidays.
"Last night it was all ablaze with Christmas lights," Werden said. His family also lives close to the home of gunman Adam Lanza, 20. His mother, Nancy Lanza, was reportedly found dead inside their home on Yogananda street.
"If he was pissed at his family, why did he feel like he needed to go to the school and kill all those kids?" Werden said. "I can't understand it. Nobody will be able to understand it."
Twelve girls, eight boys and six women were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., as well as the gunman. Here is a list of the victims, their ages, and their gender, as provided in alphabetical order by authorities:
- Charlotte Bacon, 6, (F)
- Daniel Barden, 7, (M)
- Rachel Davino, 29, (F)
- Olivia Engel , 6, (F)
- Josephine Gay, 7, (F)
- Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6 (F)
- Dylan Hockley, 6 (M)
- Dawn Hochsprung, 47 (F)
- Madeleine F. Hsu, 6, (F)
- Catherine V. Hubbard , 6, (F)
- Chase Kowalski, 7, (M)
- Jesse Lewis, 6, (M)
- James Mattioli, 6, (M)
- Grace McDonnell, 7, (F)
- Anne Marie Murphy, 52 (F)
- Emilie Parker, 6 (F)
- Jack Pinto, 6, (M)
- Noah Pozner, 6, (M)
- Caroline Previdi, 6, (F)
- Jessica Rekos, 6, (F)
- Avielle Richman, 6 (F)
- Lauren Rousseau, 30, (F)
- Mary Sherlach, 56, (F)
- Victoria Soto, 27 (F)
- Benjamin Wheeler, 6, (M)
- Allison N. Wyatt , 6 (F)