NEWTOWN, Conn. – It all started with a text message warning them of gunshots in their children's school. Then came the interminable wait. Gathered in the fire station in the village of Newtown, the parents of the students at Sandy Hook waited and waited, in indescribable anguish.
For some, the wait ended with relief by seeing the face of their child. For others, the bad news came at 3 p.m. The Governor of the State of Connecticut, Dannel P. Malloy, then came to announce that 20 children had died. The hope is lost. Some collapsed in pain.
Met near the fire station, the parish priest of St. Lima, Robert Weiss struggled to hold back tears from the horror. He had spent the day with families in a room in the station.