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"We bear a responsibility for every child... This is our first task, caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. Surely we can do better than this."
The inter-faith vigil was one of the many memorial services that were planned across Newtown to mourn and condole the tragic deaths. People lit candles and left flowers, teddy bears and angel figurines on the various memorials that were set up across the town in memory of the victims. A day after the carnage, more details emerged of the shooting and the way Lanza carried out the attack.
Connecticut police said he had shot his mother Nancy Lanza multiple times in the head before he drove to the elementary school armed with semiautomatic pistols, an assault rifle and a large supply of ammunition.
Connecticut State Police spokesman Paul Vance said most of the shots were fired from the .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle. Lanza had fired several rounds of shots still had hundreds of rounds left when he killed himself.
Obama said in between the incidents of mass shootings, there have been "an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and in big cities all across America, victims whose – much of the time their only fault was being at the wrong place at the wrong time."
Obama said the nation draws inspiration from people of Newtown who have "in the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, looked out for each other. You've cared for one another. And you've loved one another. This is how Newtown will be remembered."
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