By Erica Morse
Publisher, Victims News Online
Updated 4:45pm CST, December 15th, 2012
In the aftermath of yesterday’s tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, offers of condolences, assistance, and support are pouring in, as the nation reacts to the heart-breaking news with helping hands.
From doctors to therapists, clergy to counselors, corporations to non-profit agencies, and from Governors to the President of the United States, offers of support, hope, and assistance are being provided for the families, students, first responders, and community of Newtown, Connecticut, as the nation attempts to process the events which gripped the world yesterday.
President Barack Obama addressed the nation Friday afternoon, promising, “He (CT Governor Malloy) will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, (and) counsel their families.”
In a live press conference from his office, Governor Malloy addressed the nation just a few moments ago. Malloy spent the day in Newtown with the families, as he was Friday afternoon and evening. He has offered “full support” to the Newtown community, and promises to provide assistance to the families of the victims.
“We weep for the immeasurable losses suffered by the families, and little will lessen their loss,” Governor Malloy said. “People often look for answers or an explanation, but there are no answers — no good ones, anyway.”
He continued by thanking the community of Newton, residents from around the state who have shown up to help, and the nation as a whole for its outpouring of support.
“There will be a time soon for discussion about policy issues, but that will come later. Right now, we need to hug our kids a little tighter, and focus on love, courage and compassion.”
The Governor’s address from his office comes just minutes after the CT State Police released a full list of the victims, and the Medical Examiner’s detailed report, which is heart-wrenching, to say the least. While many of the students were first-graders, all 20 children were between the ages of six and seven years’ old.
“We all hope and pray that they (the children) are in a place where that innocence may now be protected,” Governor Malloy said. “We have faith for a reason and that is God’s gift to us all. May the pain be somehow absorbed by the love of all mankind.”