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Investigation Continues At Scene Of Elementary School Rampage

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -

The nation is grieving the victims of a school shooting spree that left dozens dead, most of them children.

As investigators try to learn more about the gunman, they say now comes perhaps the most grueling part – families having to identify the victims.

At a prayer vigil Friday night, there were prayers, tears and words of comfort.

"People care, and people come together when other people need us to be there for them," said Monsignor Robert Weiss, of St. Rose Of Lima Roman Catholic Parish.

It was a standing-room-only crowd Friday night inside the church as a community mourns the unspeakable violence that left 26 people dead, 20 of them students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"I know that we have 20 new saints, 20 beautiful angels, and 20 people, little angels, who are going to look over us for all of the days to come," Weiss said.

Some young survivors recalled the frightening moments as police led them to safety.

 

"Police came and said, 'Line up and close your eyes and hold onto each other.' So, we went out, and they said there could be some bad stuff, so we closed our eyes and went out," second-grader Matthew Hoekenga said.

"I have a lot of friends, friend's siblings that didn't make it out OK. And I know a lot of kids who got injured," his older brother, fourth-grader C.J. Hoekenga said.

All of this violence came at the hands of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, according to investigators. They say he had several guns when he entered the school and opened fire before taking his own life.

Prior to the massacre, Lanza shot and killed his mother, who owned at least some of the guns used in the killing spree.

"I've been a trooper a long time, and my lieutenant to my left has been law enforcement a long time, and it's just something that serves no purpose," said Lt. Paul Vance, of the Connecticut State Police. "It's a horrific scene. Between our mutual experience, we've never seen anything like this. It's as heart-wrenching for us as it is for the families."

Investigators continue to look for a motive in this case. They've interviewed the gunman's brother and father, but so far have not said what may have prompted this shooting, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy reported from Newtown.

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