Newtown victims’ bodies removed from school

A day after 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown killing 20 children and six adults, the bodies of the victims slain in the shooting have been identified and removed from the school, according to Connecticut State Police Public Information Officer Lt. Paul Vance.

“Our objective certainly was to positively identify the victims to try to give the families some closure,” he explained. “Our detectives worked well through the night. By early this morning, we were able to positively identify all of the victims and make some formal notification to all of the families of the victims.”

Lt. Vance also confirmed that detectives on the scene are continuing their investigation of the incident both in the interior and exterior of the school building and will continue to do so.

While police have provided grief counselors for the victims’ families, the same counseling has been provided for the first responders who were on the scene Friday morning, who saw the carnage of the shooting first hand, Lt. Vance said.

“This was a devastating, heartbreaking, tragic scene … it was absolutely horrific.”

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