HOBOKEN, NJ - Adam Lanza, of Newtown, Connecticut, brother of Ryan Lanza, currently living in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a possible suspect in the Newtown shooting that resulted in the deaths of over 20 people, most of whom are children.
Joe Citarella, a police officer in Scotch Plains, has two elementary aged children. He said, “I was shocked and disgusted with what happened. Unfortunately, it could happen anywhere. It doesn’t matter how much security there is, someone will get around it. You can’t stop everyone.” Citarella went on to say that he was “speechless” that such a tragedy could occur again and that he and his wife Deborah would be keeping the victims’ families in their thoughts and prayers.
Beth Coudray Bucci of North Caldwell commented, "This makes me nauseous. My own children are 17, 15 and 12, and will always be 6 in my eyes. I texted each one earlier to remind them that I love them."
"I'm numb with sadness for parents who have lost their children. I feel sick for those frantic families who are still waiting for news about their children," Sally Simonfay said.
Jeffrey Stein of Livingston told TheAlternativePress.com, "Such a tragedy today with the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Much too much to fathom. It seems so surreal. Beyond comprehension. What is this world coming to? Just quite sad and troubling to say the least. I offer my thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of these souls whose lives have been taken from us or maimed from this act of insanity."
Westfield Board of Education member Mark Friedman added, "Horrible tragedy. I am so tired of hearing people talk about how we have the rights to have guns. Who on earth needs automatic weapons. Nobody unless they are in the military or law enforcement. We need to call upon our elected officials and let them know that unless they push back on the gun lobby and work to get guns off the streets, we will not put them back in office. Having my own children and being a member of the Westfield School Board, makes this terrible tragedy really hit home. I am sickened by it."
Lori Scarangella Uhlendorf of Fairfield commented, "I am shocked and horrified and am praying for all of the families in Newtown. I want to know how many children have to die before all schools require an armed police officer present in the school at all times."
Christine Gurriere of Caldwell concluded, "Such a tragedy....it's unbelievable. I'm in tears even though my kids are 19 and 16. I can only imagine the trauma for young kids and parents of young ones. This just make no sense."
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