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Obama in Newtown to offer love, prayers of nation

President Barack Obama greets Gov. Dannel Malloy during his arrival at the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (Stephen Dunn / Pool The Hartford Courant)
President Barack Obama greets Gov. Dannel Malloy during his arrival at the start of an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn. A gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. (Stephen Dunn / Pool The Hartford Courant)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — President Barack Obama is offering the Connecticut town grappling with the aftermath of a deadly school shooting “the love and prayers of a nation.”

The president says he is mindful that mere words cannot match the depth of the sorrow in Newtown, Conn. Twenty children and six adults were killed at an elementary school there Friday.

Obama is telling the families of the victims that they are not alone in their grief. He says people all across the country have wept with them.

The president is speaking at a vigil following his private meetings with the families and first responders.



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