The Healing Process Begins In Connecticut [VIDEO]
As the first two two funerals for victims of the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut are done, a moment of silence has been requested to mark the one-week anniversary of the tragedy as police continue their investigation and new informaton about the case is revealed
Connecticut’s governor is calling for a moment of silence and churches to ring bells exactly one week after the shooting at an elementary school.
Malloy is asking churches ring their bells 26 times to honor the victims.
The first funerals were planned Monday for Jack Pinto, a 6-year-old Giants fan who might be buried in wide receiver Victor Cruz’s jersey, and Noah Pozner, a boy of the same age who liked to figure out how things worked mechanically.
In front of the funeral home where relatives mourned Noah, well-wishers placed two teddy bears, a bouquet of white flowers and a single red rose at the base of an old maple tree.
“He was just a really lively, smart kid,” said Noah’s uncle Alexis Haller, of Woodinville, Wash. “He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad.”
State Police today said the investigation will take a long time to complete reports CNN. The niews channel also reports investigators have also removed a computer hard drive from the Lanza home in hopes of reading Adam’s email and seeing what websites he browsed. The condition of the computers and how many were taken was not revealed.
Newly public divorce paperwork shows that the mother of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza had the authority to make all decisions regarding his upbringing.
The court papers were made public Monday.
The divorce was finalized in September 2009, when Adam Lanza was 17.
Paul Steinmetz, spokesman for Western Connecticut State University in Danbury confirmed Monday that Adam Lanza earned a 3.26 grade point average while a student there at the age of 16. He dropped out of a German language class and withdrew from a computer science class, but earned an A in a computer class, A-minus in American history and B in macroeconomics.
Steinmetz says Lanza was among a small group of 16-year-olds among the school’s 5,000 undergraduates.
Steinmetz says Lanza took his last class in the summer of 2009 and didn’t return.
His parents married in June 1981 in Kingston, N.H. The file says their marriage broke down “irretrievably” and that there was no possibility of getting back together.
The divorce agreement gave Nancy Lanza $265,000 in alimony last year. It makes no mention of any mental health issues regarding Adam Lanza.
The nurse at Sandy Hook Elementary School says she and the school secretary stayed hidden in a supply closet for almost four hours after the shooting ended
Sally Cox told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she knew “something terrible was happening” when she heard loud popping sounds and the school secretary called out to her. She says she and the secretary called 911 and hid in the closet — not knowing how many shooters there might be.
NEW SCHOOL, OLD MEMORIES
School officials are preparing the former Chalk Hill Middle School in nearby Monroe to be used by Sandy Hook students beginning Wednesday according to USA Today although no date for classes to resume has been set.
The two-story building sits along a winding, wooded road next to a new middle school and an elementary school.
James Agostine, the schools superintendent in Monroe, issued a statement saying: “It is important that the Sandy Hook students get back to school quickly in an environment that is familiar and safe.”
Newtown police Lt. George Sinko said he “would find it very difficult” for students to return to the same school where they came so close to death. But, he added, “We want to keep these kids together. They need to support each other.”
MOST DIFFICULT DAY OF PRESIDENCY
President Barack Obama is vowing to use “whatever power this office holds” to safeguard the nation’s children, raising the prospect that he will pursue policy changes to stem gun violence following Friday’s elementary school massacre. Obama offered few specifics during his remarks at a vigil in Newtown last night.
He says he will engage with law enforcement, mental health professionals, parents and educators in the coming weeks. Obama told Connecticut’s governor that Friday was the most difficult day of his presidency.
THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
Federal agents have concluded that suspect Adam Lanza visited an area shooting range, but they do not know whether he actually practiced shooting there. Ginger Colbrun, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, would not identify the range or say how recently he was there.
Agents determined Lanza’s mother visited shooting ranges several times, but it’s not clear whether she took her son or whether he fired a weapon there, Colbrun said.
A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said investigators are reviewing the contents of Lanza’s computer, as well as phone and credit card records, in an effort to piece together his activities leading up to the shooting. The official was not authorized to discuss the details of the case.
Investigators have offered no motive, and police have found no letters or diaries that could shed light on it. They believe Lanza attended Sandy Hook many years ago, but they couldn’t explain why he went there Friday. Authorities said Lanza had no criminal history, and it was not clear whether he had a job.
“LOTS OF AMMO…LOTS OF CLIPS”
Lanza is believed to have used a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle in the school attack, a civilian version of the military’s M-16 and a model commonly seen at marksmanship competitions. It’s similar to the weapon used in a recent shopping mall shooting in Oregon.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said the shooter decided to kill himself when he heard police closing in about 10 minutes into the attack.
“We surmise that it was during the second classroom episode that he heard responders coming and apparently at that decided to take his own life,” Malloy said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Police said they found hundreds of unused bullets at the school, which enrolled about 450 students in kindergarten through fourth grade.
“There was a lot of ammo, a lot of clips,” said state police Lt. Paul Vance. “Certainly a lot of lives were potentially saved.”
The chief medical examiner has said the ammunition was a type designed to expend its energy in the victim’s tissues and stay inside the body to inflict the maximum amount of damage.