Photos: Tragedy strikes Newtown, Conn. after school shooting

Posted on: 12:52 pm, December 16, 2012, by , updated on: 12:55pm, December 16, 2012

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  • Parishioners pay their respects to the victims of the elementary school shooting while attending Mass at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut, on Sunday, December 16 (CNN)

  • Police officers honor the victims of the school shooting at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church on December 16 in Newtown (CNN)

  • A parishioner kneels in front of a makeshift memorial at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown on December 16 (CNN)

  • A police officer removes flowers from a busy intersection on December 16 in Newtown (CNN)

  • A woman hugs her daughter on the steps of Trinity Church on December 16 in Newtown (CNN)

  • J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans shows his glove in remembrance of the victims before the start of a game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 16 in Houston (CNN)

  • People in Bangalore, India, hold cards and photographs of the slain at a candlelight vigil outside a Catholic church on December 16 (CNN)

  • Donna Soto, right, mother of Victoria Soto, the first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was shot and killed while protecting her students, hugs her daughter Karly while mourning their loss at a candlelight memorial at Stratford High School on Saturday, December 15, in Stratford, Connecticut (CNN)

  • Firefighters kneel to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial near the school in Newtown on Saturday (CNN)

  • A child lights a candle at a memorial filled with flowers, stuffed toys and candles outside of Saint Rose of Lima Church near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Saturday (CNN)

  • Candles light up a memorial outside of Saint Rose of Lima Church in Newtown (CNN)

  • Candles burn next to a lighted tree at a makeshift shrine in Newtown (CNN)

  • People are overcome with emotion Saturday at a makeshift memorial near Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown (CNN)

  • Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II talks to the media about the elementary school shooting during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park on December 15 (CNN)

  • Firefighters attach black bunting to a fire truck as a memorial at the fire station down the street from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Saturday, December 15 (CNN)

  • New Jersey resident Steve Wruble, who was moved to drive out to Connecticut to support local residents, grieves for victims at the entrance to Sandy Hook village in Newtown on Saturday (CNN)

  • Flowers and signs of sympathy adorn the street leading to Sandy Hook Elementary School (CNN)

  • A mother and daughter attend a prayer service at St. John's Episcopal Church in Newtown on Saturday (CNN)

  • President Barack Obama wipes a tear as he speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School during a press briefing at the White House on December 14 (CNN)

  • People weep and embrace near Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14 (Photo: CNN)

  • Faisal Ali, right, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, joins the vigil outside the White House on December 14 (Photo: CNN)

  • A flag at the U.S. Capitol flies at half-staff after President Barack Obama ordered the action while speaking from the White House. Obama called for "meaningful action" in the wake of the school shooting (Photo: CNN)

  • People hug outside of the Newtown United Methodist Church on December 14, in Newtown, Connecticut, near the site of the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School (Photo: CNN).

  • A woman bows her head during a vigil for the shooting victims on December 14 (Photo: CNN)

  • People gather for a prayer vigil at St. Rose Church on December 14 (Photo: CNN)

  • A woman sits during a service at the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday, December 14 (Photo: CNN)

  • A woman puts a flower near crosses planted by Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace), in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on December 15 (Photo: CNN)

  • Andrea Jaeger places flowers and a candle at a makeshift memorial outside a firehouse near Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 15 (Photo: CNN)

  • A mother hugs her children after paying tribute to the victims in Newtown on Saturday, December 15 (Photo: CNN)

  • People attend a prayer service in Newtown to reflect on December 15 (Photo: CNN).

  • Mourners gathered to pay respect to those who lost their lives in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire Friday in a Connecticut elementary school, killing 26 people, 20 of them children, police said.

  • A young boy is comforted outside Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 (Photo: CNN)

  • The streets around Sandy Hook Elementary are packed with first responders and other vehicles. (Photo: CNN)

  • A young girl is given a blanket after being evacuated from Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. (Photo: CNN)

  • A woman speaks with a Connecticut state trooper outside Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. (Photo: CNN)

  • Police patrol the streets around Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 (Photo: CNN)

  • Children wait outside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., after a fatal shooting on Dec. 14, 2012. (Photo: CNN)

  • First responders surrounded Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. after a fatal shooting on Dec. 14, 2012. (Photo: CNN)

The community of Newtown, Connecticut and the world continue to mourn after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and 6 adults Friday morning. 

While the community grieves in remembrance of the victims, authorities continue chipping away for clues as to why the tragedy unfolded.

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