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Sandy Hook school closed indefinitely

Sandy Hook Elementary will remain a crime scene for now

NEWTOWN, Conn. | December 17, 2012

"It's incomprehensible, the pain here"

— Darla Henggeler

Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Newtown, Conn., school where 26 people died in a mass shooting Friday, will be closed indefinitely, officials said.

The grim task of burying the victims of Friday's massacre was to begin Monday, with funerals for two 6-year-old boys, Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, CNN reported.

Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police said faculty and staff from Sandy Hook -- where 20 children and six adults were shot to death before the alleged shooter, Adam Lanza, killed himself -- planned to meet at Newtown High School Monday to discuss how the district will move forward, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Other funerals were scheduled throughout the week.

"It's incomprehensible, the pain here," told CNN. "You can't imagine. We're still in shock. I can't let my heart go there because it's so overwhelming. I think once it settles in, I think my heart will break."

Other schools in the district were to resume classes Tuesday, but Sandy Hook Elementary School will remain a crime scene and has been seized under warrant, Vance said.

Authorities also seized the home where Lanza allegedly killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before going to the school.

Vance said Lanza, 20, had no prior contact with police in Newtown before the shootings and authorities were examining every aspect of his past.

"We will go back to the date of birth," Vance said. "We will answer every single question."

Law enforcement officials were processing and analyzing evidence and have begun conducting witness interviews, the police official said.

Vance said two investigations have begun into people who made "threats or attempts to mislead" the investigation into the shooting.

Meanwhile, school buses brought students to Branchville Elementary School in Ridgefield, Conn., after police declared the school safe following a report of a man carrying what appeared to be a rifle along a road near the elementary school, The Ridgefield Press reported.

"After an extensive police search, no dangerous activity was discovered," school officials said.

A modified lockdown at other schools in the area was lifted as well.

The Press said unconfirmed reports later indicated the man was going to work with an umbrella slung over his shoulder.

During a multifaith memorial service Sunday at Newtown High School, President Obama vowed to "use whatever power this office holds" to stop massacres like the one in the Connecticut community.

"No single law, no set of laws, can eliminate evil from the world -- but that can't be an excuse for inaction," Obama said. "Surely, we can do better than this."

Obama pledged to "use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens -- from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators -- in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this.

"Because what choice do we have? We can't accept events like this as routine," he said. "Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage? That the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?"

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