By Elizabeth C.
CONCRETE DETAILS ARE FINALLY EMERGING ABOUT THE GUNMAN WHO SLAUGHTERED 26 PEOPLE at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school. The most revelatory detail is that Adam Lanza had a disorder that made him unable to feel. That single fact gives insight as to how the 20-year-old man could shoot his mother in the face, then shoot 20 children multiple times at close range.
“If that boy would’ve burned himself, he would not have known it or felt it physically,” Richard Novia, who formerly advised a school technology club to which Lanza belonged, told the Associated Press. “It was my job to pay close attention to that.”
The crushing horror of Lanza’s massacre has affected parents around the world, the most visible President Obama who choked up Friday while expressing grief over the violent loss of so many innocent people. Obama is expected to attend a vigil Sunday night in the bucolic New England town shattered by the travesty.
While authorities have said they have found evidence suggesting a motive for Lanza’s horrific acts, they have yet to reveal them, saying it will take weeks before they have a complete picture of the gunman’s mindset.
As family members begin holding funeral services for the 20 children and six slain adults, here are some of the comments gathered by reporters covering the story for various news outlets.