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DAILYMAIL UPDATE; Gunman dead and boy hostage ALIVE after FBI agents storm bunker after ‘fearing for imminent safety of Ethan’

02/04/13, ALABAMA –

  • Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly stormed a school bus when it stopped to let off students and said he had to take two children hostage
  • Dykes is reportedly dead, but it is not known whether he was killed by police or committed suicide
  • Dykes held the six-year-old, known only as Ethan, in his homemade bunker for almost one week

Link to full article below..

Mugshot: Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, the suspect in the standoff, is believed to be deadJimmy Lee Dykes, 65, the suspect in the standoff, is believed to be dead

Saved: The boy, known only as Ethan, is believed to be ok after he was rescued from the bunker by FBI agents

The boy, known only as Ethan, is believed to be ok after he was rescued from the bunker by FBI agents

Hero: Murdered bus driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, was hailed as a hero for trying to stop the abduction of the children from his school bus. His wife said he loved all of the students he drove

Murdered bus driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, was hailed as a hero for trying to stop the abduction of the children from his school bus. His wife said he loved all of the students he drove

Long wait: Police say Jimmy Lee Dykes likely had supplies in his shelter to last weeks or months. He had previously spent eight days in the bunkerPolice say Jimmy Lee Dykes likely had supplies in his shelter to last weeks or months. He had previously spent eight days in the bunker

Click here for full updated article published by Dailymail

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01/30/13, ALABAMA — SWAT team in 24-hour siege as crazed gunman holds boy, 6, hostage in bunker after abducting him from school bus and shooting dead driver

  • Alabama State Police along with the FBI and bomb squads are involved in the stand-off of a gunman who murdered an Alabama school bus driver before kidnapping a child
  • Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly stormed a school bus when it stopped to let off students and said he had to take two children hostage
  • When driver Charles Poland Jr, 66, tried to stop Dykes, the gunman allegedly opened fire and killed him
  • Dykes took a an autistic boy, 6, with him and retreated to a makeshift bunker he dug in the ground
  • Boy is watching TV and has received medications through a PVC pipe that sticks out of the ground and runs into the fortified hovel
  • The standoff is taking place outside Midland City, Alabama, which is a rural town in the deep southeast of the state, near the Florida border

Link to full article by MailOnline below

Out in force: Dozens of local police officers, Alabama State Police troopers and federal agents from the ATF and FBI swarmed the area where the boy was being held captiveOut in force: Dozens of local police officers, Alabama State Police troopers and federal agents from the ATF and FBI swarmed the area where the boy was being held captive
Gearing up: A bomb squad unit is also on hand to deal with any possible explosive devices in the roadGearing up: A bomb squad unit is also on hand to deal with any possible explosive devices in the bunker
Panic: A suspect, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly held up a school bus Tuesday in Midland City, Alabama, shooting dead the bus driver and taking a boy hostagePanic: A suspect, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, allegedly held up a school bus Tuesday in Midland City, Alabama, shooting dead the bus driver and taking a boy hostage
Witness: This student said the gunman ranted about needing a 'child' to 'get the law off his back' - likely a reference to his court appearance that was scheduled for todayWitness: This student said the gunman ranted about needing a ‘child’ to ‘get the law off his back’ – likely a reference to his court appearance that was scheduled for today
Safe: Parents hugged their children tightly after the ordeal on the bus. Witnesses say the gunman was looking for a hostage because of his legal troubleSafe: Parents hugged their children tightly after the ordeal on the bus. Witnesses say the gunman was looking for a hostage because of his legal troubleClick here for full article published by Dailymail

Sandy Hook Hero, Gene Rosen, Now Being Harassed By Conspiracy Theorist Who Believe The Newtown Resident Is Nothing More Then A Fake

It’s been exactly one month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and according to Huffingtonpost,  Gene Rosen (pictured) is now being harassed by conspiracy theorist also known as “truthers”, who believe the alleged hero is nothing more than an actor and pedophile.

 A good Samaritan who harbored six terrified survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre has been singled out by conspiracy theorists accusing him of being a liar and an actor.

On the morning of the shooting, Gene Rosen of Newtown, Connecticut, was feeding his cats when he discovered four terrified children hiding out in his driveway. They told him their teacher was dead, and he listened to their chilling account of the tragedy still going on at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In the aftermath, Rosen, 69, was interviewed by many of the media outlets that descended on the small community, and his anguished face flashed across television screens around the world.

The sincerity of that anguish was questioned by a group of conspiracy theorists who call themselves “truthers,” Salon reported earlier this month. These truthers have so far posted Rosen’s personal information online, created fake social media accounts using his name and harassed him via email and phone.

“I don’t know what to do,” Rosen, a retired psychologist told Salon in a follow-up interview on Tuesday., “There must be some way to morally shame these people, because there were 20 dead children lying an eighth of a mile from my window all night long. And I sat there with my wife, because they couldn’t take the bodies out that night so the medical examiner could come. And I thought of an expression, that this ‘adds insult to injury,’ but that’s a stupid expression, because this is not an injury, this is an abomination.”

Unfortunately for Rosen, it is an abomination that has gained ground in the weeks since the deadly school shooting. Websites, like SandyHookHoax.com, have sprung up questioning Rosen’s motives for sharing his story.

Click here for the full article and video published by Huffingtonpost

Moment of Silence One Week After Sandy Hook Massacre

Overcome: Sarah Baroody, pictured, holds her daughter Sophia's hand and cries while observing a moment of silence as bells rang 26 times in Newtown

Sarah Baroody, pictured, holds her daughter Sophia’s hand and cries while observing a moment of silence as bells rang 26 times in Newtown

Support: Joe Saleem, right, remembers the victims during a minute's silence

Support: Joe Saleem, right, remembers the victims during a minute’s silence

Remembering: Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy, centre, stands with others on the steps of Edmond Town Hall during a moment of silence and ringing of church bells at 9:30am

Remembering: Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy, centre, stands with others on the steps of Edmond Town Hall during a moment of silence and ringing of church bells at 9:30am

Memorials: A woman visits a roadside memorial before a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village December 21, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut

Memorials: A woman visits a roadside memorial before a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village December 21, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut

Names: A man kneels at a picket fence with the names of shooting victims during a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

Names: A man kneels at a picket fence with the names of shooting victims during a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

Rescue: Members of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue department hug after a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

Moment of silence: Members of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue department hug after a moment of silence in Sandy Hook village

12/21/12 Dailymail.co.uk article – 

Americans remember Sandy Hook school shooting victims with a moment of silence a week after massacre that shook the nation

The families of Sandy Hook Victim’s speak out

The children and teachers listed below were all gunned down on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Parents and loved ones reflect on the good memories of those who were taken away so quickly.

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Chase Kowalski, 7, standing besides his mother, Becky Kowalski – Chase was gunned down along with his entire 1st grade class  in the Sandy Hook tragedy. His family has set up the Chase Kowalski Scholarship Fund in honor of their child.

Becky and Steven Kowalski have finally spoken out and recounted the moment they learned that their son was one of the victims – Mother whose 7-year-old son was gunned down at Sandy Hook describes the ‘best day of my life’ when he visited her in a vision two days after the tragedy

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Daniel Barden, 7, one of the 20 child victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre.

The image of Daniel that comes to mind for neighbor Peter Bernson is a very special, happy glimpse into the life of the first-grader: a laughing, brown-haired boy heading to the bus stop every morning atop his father’s shoulders. The youngest of three children, he was a familiar face at swim practice, among other activities. “This is a warm, loving family,” a co-worker of his mother, Jackie Barden, tells the AP. “The kids were the type of kids parents want their children to be around: warm and wonderful and caring and kind. This is heartbreaking.” Photo: Courtesy of the Family

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Little Daniel’s family during an interview several days after the shoot-out. Photo show’s the victim’s big brother and both parents.

“Words really cannot express what a special boy Daniel was. Such a light. Always smiling, unfailingly polite, incredibly affectionate, fair and so thoughtful towards others, imaginative in play, both intelligent and articulate in conversation; in all, a constant source of laughter and joy,” a statement from the family reads. “Daniel was fearless in his pursuit of happiness and life. … Despite that, he was, as his mother said, ‘Just So Good.’ He embodied everything that is wholesome and innocent in the world.”

  • Heroic first-grade teacher Victoria Soto, 27, will also be laid to rest (see link below)

A heart-breaking guard of honor for their little comrade: Fire heroes line funeral of seven-year-old Daniel Barden who dreamed of joining their ranks – but whose life was cut short at Sandy Hook

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Photo of Dylan Hockley, Sandy Hook 1st grade victim originally from UK, Dylan’s family moved him to the US two years ago for a ‘better start in life’

A shared anguish: Ian and Nicole Hockley and their elder son Jake at Friday's memorial service for Dylan

Photo of Dylan’s family Ian and Nicole Hockley and their other son Jake at Dylan’s memorial service which was held Friday, exactly one week after the Massacre

A silver butterfly is pinned above Nicole Hockley’s heart on the vibrant purple sweater she wore in honour of Dylan who she called ‘Mister D’. She spoke of her ‘special angel’ who will never get to unwrap the Christmas presents that sit under the family tree.  ‘Dylan brought untold fun and joy into our lives,’ she says with a smile. ‘Something good will come of this. His death will have meaning.’

Dylan, who suffered from autism, died cradled in the arms of his devoted special needs teacher Anne Marie Murphy who was also killed.

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Anne M. Greene (6)

Just two months ago, Ana’s family moved to Connecticut from Canada, drawn by the school’s impressive reputation in town. Now, her memory lives on in a song her father, jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene, penned in her namesake, “Ana Grace.” “As we work through this nightmare, we’re reminded how much we’re loved and supported on this earth and by our father in heaven,” Greene told the Ottawa Citizen. “As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise. I love you, sweetie girl.” Photo: Family Photo/Rex USA

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Photo of Ana’s devastated parents the day they found out their beloved daughter was one of the victims

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Victoria-Soto

Victoria Soto (pictured) was laid to rest today – Click here for article

Victoria Soto was a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was also a victim but her name did not go down in vain. She will always be remembered as a hero for saving her students from Gunman Adam Lanza.

Victoria hid her students in closets and cupboards. When Lanza walked in she told him her students were at Gym on the other end of the school. Lanza then shot Mrs. Soto and walked off. Leaving her students unharmed.

The heartbreaking photo of Carlee Soto, Victoria Soto’s sibling, frantically trying to get in touch with her sister who was a 1st grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Articles will say this photo was taken the moment she found out her sister’s fate but that is incorrect. She learned the truth shortly after.

Connecticut Community Copes With Aftermath Of Elementary School Mass Shooting
Right: Donna Soto (mother) Left: Carlee Soto (sister) – the devastated family attended a vigil in Soto’s honor

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Jessie Lewis – 6 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – 1st Grade

  • Scarlett Lewis, 44, had planned to make a gingerbread house with her son at school that Friday afternoon
  • After a desperate search, she said ‘I just kind of knew. All the other kids were gone; we’re just sitting there’
  • Scarlett Lewis, 44, described her son Jesse as a blessing and a gift
  • Mrs. Lewis raced to a Sandy Hook neighbor after she heard some children were being kept safe there. She was told by Gene Rosen that Jessie wasn’t one of the six children he discovered at the end of his drive-way

The desperate moment mother of Jesse Lewis realized her six-year-old son had been killed in massacre… just hours after he wrote ‘I love you’ on her frosty car door

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Emilie Parker (6) 1st grader – Sandy Hook Elementary School

Emilie Parker, the little girl with the blond hair and bright blue eyes, would have been one of the first to comfort her classmates at Sandy Hook Elementary School, had a gunman’s bullets not claimed her life, her father said.
“My daughter Emilie would be one of the first ones to be standing and giving support to all the victims because that’s the kind of kid she is,” her father, Robbie Parker said as he fought back tears, telling the world about his “bright, creative and loving” daughter who was one of the 20 young victims in the Newtown, Conn., shooting.
“She always had something kind to say about anybody,” her father said. “We find comfort reflecting on the incredible person Emilie was and how many lives she was able to touch.”
Emilie, 6, was helping teach her younger sisters to read and make things, and she was the little girls would go to for comfort, he said.
“They looked up to her,” Parker said.

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Emilie’s parents – photo taken moments after finding out their daughter was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Friday night, hours after he learned of his daughter’s death, Parker said he spoke at his church.
“I don’t know how to get through something like this. My wife and I don’t understand how to process all of this,” he said today. “We find strength in our religion and in our faith and in our family. ”
“It’s a horrific tragedy and I want everyone to know our hearts and prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter. I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be for you and I want you to know our family … love and support goes out to you as well.”

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The funeral for Charlotte Bacon (6) occurred at the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown on December 19, 2012, five days after she was gunned down by Adam Lanza. 

They were supposed to be for the holidays, but finally on Friday, December 14, 2012 after hearing much begging, Charlotte Bacon’s mother, JoAnn Bacon, relented and let her wear the new pink dress and boots to school.

It was the last outfit the outgoing redhead would ever pick out. Charlotte’s older brother, Guy, was also in the school, but was not shot.

JoAnn and Joel Bacon had lived in Newtown for four or five years. At Charlotte’s funeral service, JoAnn spoke of her daughter, telling those who attended that her daughter’s favorite color was pink and she had a love for animals. She went on to describe Charlotte as an exuberant, bubbly child who was willing to argue for the things that appealed to her.

“She said her daughter would say “I want it, I want it. Then it would be `I need it, I need it.’ ” JoAnn said during the service.

Her parents find comfort in knowing their slain daughter is in heaven.

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Caroline Previdi (also 6) was a 1st grader just like Charlotte Bacon. She was also laid to rest on Dec. 19, 2012

Caroline, born in 2006, was a lifetime resident of Newtown, CT.  She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Newtown, and loved to draw and dance. Her smile brought happiness to everyone she touched.

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FrankEndWeeb drew this photo of Caroline Previdi

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Another online user posted this sketch of Caroline on a Facebook page. Although I’m not sure who exactly drew it due to the page being expired.

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Photo of Noel Pozner (6)

Noah Pozner and his twin sister Arielle celebrated their sixth birthday on November 20, 2012. Less than one month later Noah was gunned down. Arielle however, escaped Sandy Hook unharmed.

Noah loved to read and liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. He was excited that he got a new Wii for his birthday.

The twins uncle, Alexis Haller told The Associated Press back in December that he was “smart as a whip”, gentle but with a rambunctious streak. He also said that Noah called his sister Arielle his best friend.”They were always playing together, they loved to do things together,” Haller said.

“He was just a really lively, smart kid,” Haller said. “He would have become a great man, I think. He would have grown up to be a great dad.”

Veronique Pozner, Noel’s mother, was at work at Grove Hill Medical Center in New Britain, 38 miles from the Sandy Hook school, administering chemotherapy to cancer patients when a patient got an alert about the Sandy Hook shootings, said Doreen Berube, the office administrator. Pozner, an oncology nurse, came to Berube and said simply, “I’ve got to go.”

When his mother, a nurse, would tell him she loved him, he would answer, “Not as much as I love you, Mom.”

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Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung

Dawn L. Hochsprung

Dawn Hochsprung was a step-parent, grandmother and in 2010, became principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School. She was devoted to her family and to the students and teachers at her school.

Hochsprung sprung into action while attending a staff meeting. She heard the shots and didn’t hesitate to find the source of those bullets. Moments after running out of the meeting, bullets were heard over the intercom and might have saved the lives of many others. The others in the meeting barricaded the door after hearing the shots. A few minutes later, Lanza was banging on the door and telling them to open. He fired a shot threw the door and walked off.

”I had only known Dawn for 10 years. I watched how she made my dad so happy. Her big smile and infectious laugh added color and vibrancy to our family. This fall, as I struggled through my own tough time, I grew to value and appreciate her even more — for her constant support, her phone calls and texts when other people in my life remained silent. I feel so thankful that a week before she was killed I sent her a card telling her that. It was open on the counter when I got down to Connecticut on that awful Friday night, carrying both my sleepy 2-year-old daughter and my shock in my arms. I’m thankful that she read it in time.” said Hochsprung’s step daughter, Amy.

Click here to read what Dawn Hochsprung’s daughters have to say about their beloved mother’s death and how they feel about gun control and the laws that go with it.

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Below is a list of all the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School

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Children:
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Madeleine F. Hsu, 6
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Aveille Richman, 6
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison N. Wyatt, 6

Adults:
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Rachel Davino, 29
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto, 27

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Sandy Hook Elementary School Nurse Sarah Cox Relives Terror of Newtown, Connecticut Shooting (NYPOST)

Sandy Hook Elementary School nurse Sarah Cox was on the phone with her daughter, Bonnie, when she heard the strange, loud popping noise coming from outside.

“What’s that?” Cox asked.

She was calling to Barbara Halstead, a secretary who worked in the main office at the school’s entrance, which is adjacent to the infirmary.

When Halstead responded she didn’t know, Cox abruptly ended the call with Bonnie and prepared to investigate.

Then she heard Halstead call her name.

“The way she said my name, in a terrified tone of voice, I knew it was bad,” said Cox, a 60-year-old grandmother who has worked at the school for the last 15 years.

TERRIFYING: Sarah Cox, at her home in Newtown yesterday, recalls how the killer entered her office as she hid under her desk.

PICTURED: Sarah Cox, at her home in Newtown yesterday, recalls how the killer entered her office as she hid under her desk.

Cox, known as Sally to friends and co-workers, took no chances.

“I just dove under my computer desk,” she told The Post in an interview at her home in Newtown, a day after Adam Lanza stormed into her school and gunned down 20 children and six staffers.

Within seconds, the popping sounds stopped as quickly as they had started, and Cox held her breath when she heard someone open her office door.

Through the openings of the desk, she saw a pair of legs from the knees down wearing dark clothing and boots.

“I could see by the position of the feet that they were facing my desk,” Cox said, describing her brush with Lanza, 20, who had earlier killed his mother, Nancy, before unleashing his terror on the school.

Cox said he was no more than 20 feet away from her.

“The person was there just a few seconds,” Cox said. “I was frozen in fear.”

Cox crouched paralyzed under her desk.

“He turned around and walked out, and as soon as the door closed I heard more popping,” Cox recalled.

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In the main office, Halstead had also been hiding under a desk.

“By the grace of God, there were no children in the office, and in my office,” Cox said.

Halstead then made a dash for the infirmary and dove under Cox’s desk. She grabbed the office phone and immediately called 911.

“Help, we have a shooter,” Halstead said into the phone. “It’s the school. Get help right away.”

Seconds later, the two terrified women ran into the first-aid supply closet to hide.

“I could hear popping and screaming, and it was horrible, knowing I couldn’t do anything,” Cox said.

They remained in the closet for more than an hour.

“We were praying, ‘Please stop, please stop,’ ” she said. “We had hoped that nobody got hurt. That maybe he was just spraying bullets around.”

At 11:15 a.m., they opened the closet door a crack. From her office window, Cox looked out into the courtyard where she saw several men wearing fatigues and toting weapons.

She said she didn’t know whether they were SWAT team members — or the attackers.

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Neither Halstead nor Cox had their cellphones with them.

She and Halstead had no idea what was going on, but they could hear helicopters overhead, people on the roof of the school, shouting and yelling. At one point, someone jiggled her office door, but did not call out.

It would be another two hours, at 1:15 p.m., before the two women summoned the courage to open Cox’s office door.

“I just got brave enough to open up the door to a slit,” she said.

That’s when she saw police, who eventually escorted her and Halstead out of the school.

“They didn’t really tell me too much,” Cox said. “When they walked me out of the school, they told me to close my eyes.”

When she learned Lanza’s identity, she could not recall him being a student at the school.

Cox, who takes pride in knowing all of the 580 pupils who attended Sandy Hook Elementary, said she didn’t yet know the names of all of the victims of Friday’s violence.

“I haven’t asked,” she said. “I haven’t wanted to know.”

SOURCE: NYPOST

Conn. school victims shot by rifle multiple times

  • A woman comforts a young girl during a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Andrew Gombert, Pool)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — All the victims of the Connecticut elementary school shooting were killed up close by multiple rifle shots, a medical examiner said.

Dr. H. Wayne Carver said at a news conference Saturday the deaths are classified as homicides. He said he believes “everybody was hit more than once.”

“This is a very devastating set of injuries,” Carver said.

Friday’s massacre of 26 children and adults at the school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, a 20-year-old described as brilliant but remote, was driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims.

Investigators were trying to learn more about Adam Lanza and questioned his older brother, who was not believed to have been involved in the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary. Police shed no light on the motive for the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

In tight-knit Newtown on Friday night, hundreds of people packed St. Rose of Lima Church and stood outside in a vigil for the 28 dead — 20 children and six adults at the school, the gunman’s mother at home, and the gunman himself, who committed suicide. People held hands, lit candles and sang “Silent Night.”

“These 20 children were just beautiful, beautiful children,” Monsignor Robert Weiss said. “These 20 children lit up this community better than all these Christmas lights we have. … There are a lot brighter stars up there tonight because of these kids.”

Lanza is believed to have suffered from a personality disorder and lived with his mother, said a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation. Authorities said he had no criminal history.

Outdated photo of Adam Lanza

Asked at a news conference whether Lanza had left any emails or other writings that might explain the rampage, state police Lt. Paul Vance said investigators had found “very good evidence” and hoped it would answer questions about the gunman’s motives. Vance would not elaborate.

However, another law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that investigators have found no note or manifesto of the sort they have come to expect after murderous rampages.

The tragedy plunged the picturesque New England town of 27,000 people into mourning.

“People in my neighborhood are feeling guilty about it being Christmas. They are taking down decorations,” said Jeannie Pasacreta, a psychologist who volunteered her services and was advising parents struggling with how to talk to their children.

Lanza shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, drove to the school in her car with at least three of her guns, and opened fire in two classrooms around 9:30 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

A custodian ran through the halls, warning of a gunman, and someone switched on the intercom, perhaps saving many lives by letting them hear the chaos in the school office, according to a teacher. Teachers locked their doors and ordered children to huddle in a corner, duck under their desks or hide in closets as shots reverberated through the building.

Among those killed was the school’s well-liked principal, Dawn Hochsprung. Town officials said she died while lunging at the gunman in an attempt to overtake him. A woman who worked at the school was wounded.

Maryann Jacob, a clerk in the school library, was in there with 18 fourth-graders when they heard a commotion and gunfire outside the room. She had the youngsters crawl into a storage room, and they locked the door and barricaded it with a file cabinet. There happened to be materials for coloring, “so we set them up with paper and crayons.”

After what she guessed was about an hour, officers came to the door and knocked, but those inside couldn’t be sure it was the police.

“One of them slid his badge under the door, and they called and said, ‘It’s OK, it’s the police,'” she said.

The district superintendent said she was told another teacher pushed students in the kiln room until police let them out.

Investigators believe Lanza attended the school several years ago but appeared to have no recent connection to it, a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said. It was not clear whether he held a job.

At least one parent said Lanza’s mother was a substitute teacher at the school. But her name did not appear on a staff list. And the official said investigators were unable to establish any connection so far between her and the school.

The law enforcement officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the unfolding investigation.

Lanza’s older brother, 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, of Hoboken, N.J., was questioned, and investigators searched his computers and phone records, but he told law enforcement he had not been in touch with his brother since about 2010.

For about two hours late Friday and early Saturday, clergy members and emergency vehicles moved steadily to and from the school. The state medical examiner’s office said bodies of the victims would be taken there for autopsies.

The gunman forced his way into the kindergarten-through-fourth-grade school, authorities said. He took three guns into the school — a Glock and a Sig Sauer, both semiautomatic pistols, and a .223-caliber Bushmaster rifle, according to an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The weapons were registered to his slain mother.

Lanza and his mother lived in a well-to-do part of prosperous Newtown, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, where neighbors are doctors or hold white-collar positions at companies such as General Electric, Pepsi and IBM.

His parents filed for divorce in 2008, according to court records. His father, Peter Lanza, lives in Stamford, Conn., and works as a tax director for GE.

The gunman’s aunt Marsha Lanza, of Crystal Lake, Ill., said her nephew was raised by kind, nurturing parents who would not have hesitated to seek mental help for him if he needed it.

“Nancy wasn’t one to deny reality,” Marsha Lanza said, adding her husband had seen Adam as recently as June and recalled nothing out of the ordinary.

Catherine Urso, of Newtown, said her college-age son knew the killer. “He just said he was very thin, very remote and was one of the goths,” she said.

Lanza attended Newtown High School, and several news clippings from recent years mention his name among the honor roll students.

Joshua Milas, who graduated from Newtown High in 2009 and belonged to the school technology club with him, said that Lanza was generally a happy person but that he hadn’t seen him in a few years.

“We would hang out, and he was a good kid. He was smart,” Joshua Milas said. “He was probably one of the smartest kids I know. He was probably a genius.”

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Who is Adam Lanza? Why did he take so many lives?

Here’s a report posted by The Atlantic Wire:

Adam Lanza was 20 years old before he died on Friday — ABC, which first posted the photo above, is reporting that he took his own life after taking those of 20 children, six adults, and his mother. His brother Ryan, who was mistakenly identified as the shooter, hadn’t seen him since 2010, Ryan told authorities, according to The New York Post. According to the Associated Press, Ryan described his younger brother to authorities as “somewhat autistic” and said he suffered from a personality disorder. People with autism sometimes display “behaviors beyond their control,” according to this med-help.org site. Though there is not much research on the connection between violent crimes and autism,one study found 15 percent of juveniles evaluated in a “forensic setting” in Sweden had autistic spectrum disorders. (Asperger’s is a form of autism but is no longer listed in the DSM-5; click here for more on the latest research.) Another law enforcement official told Fox that Adam Lanza had a “checkered past … troubled youth for most of his life,” but CNN is reporting that he had no criminal record.

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RIP Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims

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Emilie Parker

Emilie Parker
Age: 6
Student at Sandy Hook Elementary School (1st grader)

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Catherine V. Hubbard
Age: 6
Sandy Hook Elementary School (1st grader)

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Jessica Rekos
Age: 6

Sandy Hook Elementary School (1st grader)
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Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung (pictured above) and school psychologist Mary Sherlach (pictured below) were both in a meeting with several other faculty members when gun shots were heard from outside the room. Hochsprung and Sherlach immediately left the room and rushed to the source of the sounds. Other staff members and teachers who were at the meeting said they heard screams followed by gunshots. They were both gunned down.

Mary Sherlach

Mary Sherlach, 56, was school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Mary Sherlach had looked forward to spending more time on Owasco Lake during her retirement. She and her husband, Bill, owned a cabin along the Finger Lakes in upstate New York.  Mary Sherlach was one year away from retirement.  But on Friday morning, her life ended in one of the most deadly school shooting’s in American history.

Sherlach was described as a problem solver and proud parentClick here to read her story

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Jesse Lewis, six, pictured with his father Neil Heslin, was killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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Chase Kowalski, 7, – Chase was one of the twenty students gunned down on 12/14/12 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – 1st Grader

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A Collage of victim photos

A music teacher managed to save 15 children during Friday’s shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut by barricading them into a closet, while gunman Adam Lanza, 20, stood outside screaming ‘Let me in! Let me in!’
Maryrose Kristopik has been hailed a ‘hero’ by parents after herding the children to safety in a closet and barricading the door to prevent Lanza from entering.

Abbey Clements (right) said she tried to keep the children in her second grade class calm as the sound of gunfire rang out over the loud-speaker

Pictured: Victoria Soto (11-04-85 – 12-14-12) who attempted to hide several children in the closet and cupboards. When the shooter came to her classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. He then gunned her down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students.

There is a Facebook page titled RIP Victoria Soto which was created to honor and remember the young woman who put her life on the line to protect her students.

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LEFT: Photo of Carlee Soto crying as she frantically tries to get in touch with her sister, Victoria Soto who was among the 27 victims. RIGHT: Mother hugs her sobbing child, after he an other classmates are rescued and brought out to safety.

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Parents of Ana Greene, one of the 20 child victims

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Children are rescued and led away by authorities and teachers

The community of Newtown gathered to remember the victims who died on Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School

Mourners gather outside a vigil service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn. on Friday

Hope: People pray and stand outside the overflow area of a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church in Newtown to remember the lives lost in the tragic school shooting

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A list of all those who lost their lives on December 14, 2012

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Anthony Baracey holds flowers honoring victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school killing before a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church in Newtown, Connecticut December 14, 2012

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This composite photo shows Dawn Hocksprung, 47, (left), Anne Marie Murphy, 52, (center) and Lauren Rousseau, 30, (right) who are among the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Join In Loving Memory of  Sandy Hook Elementary Victims which is a Facebook group created in memory of all the Sandy Hook Victims.