NEWTOWN, CONNECTICUT – On Sunday night, President Obama took a trip to Newtown in order to speak with the grieving community. The Presidents visit came only two days after a gunman broke into an elementary school there and gunned down 20 first-grade students and six adults.
Before President Obama arrived at the Newtown vigil, he spent part of the afternoon watching over his own young daughter, Sasha, as she danced in a rehearsal.
Once Obama arrived in Newtown, he met privately with the parents who’s children lost their lives during the tragic shooting.
“You are not alone in your grief. Our world, too, has been torn apart.”
According to The Washington Post, the president was the last speaker to speak at the interfaith vigil at Newtown High School.
President Obama told the community that it was time to take a stand, “We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end.”
There were a lot of families that attended the vigil. A long line of families waiting to get in had snaked around the building, many huddled under white Red Cross blankets.
Volunteers handed out stuffed puppies to the children that attended the vigil.
The entire high school auditorium filled up before President Obama even took the stage.
While they waited for the vigil to begin, many children happily talked with their friends as adults huddled in small groups hugging one another.
Kristen Rosengrant came with 5 and 9-year-old sons.
Rosengrant said, “The president’s an important dude,” as her boys complained about the long line.
Rosengrant then told a reporter:
“As a mom, I’ve been so upset. I felt we had to come show our support.”
She continued by saying, “To be honest, I don’t think anything is going to help the families, but it’s nice to show concern.”
Dozens of church services were held on Sunday morning, along with a number of tearful gatherings as people laid flowers and stuffed animals near the town’s flagpole.
Sunday evening’s vigil was the first time that the Newtown community all gathered together to grieve.
Details about the tragic shooting continued to surface on Sunday.
According to police officials, Adam Lanza, 20, carried “numerous” high-capacity ammunition magazines for his semiautomatic rifle, as well as multiple magazines for two other guns. So, in all, Lanza had hundreds of bullets with him when he broke into the Sandy Hook Elementary at 9:30 AM on Friday.
Police also said that Lanza only used a Bushmaster-brand rifle during the shooting that killed the 20 young children and 6 adults.