Newtown turns to prayer days after deadly shooting spree

Congregations are flocking to houses of worship to try to make sense of the Connecticut school massacre that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles northeast of New York City, Dec. 14, 2012. (Reuters)

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Congregations are flocking to houses of worship to try to make sense of the Connecticut school massacre that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

Newtown, Conn., residents sought solace in each other's company while police work to find out why 20-year-old Adam Lanza would attack a school after killing his mother.

Six-year-old Jennifer Waters came to Mass on Sunday with a lot of questions. As she sat at a pew in the back, she asked her mother of the child victims: "Are they going to live with the angels?"

Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adeth Israel says he wants to make clear to children that the deaths of Noah Pozner and his classmates were "not an act of God," but "an act of a crazy man." A funeral for the 6-year-old is being planned for tomorrow.

Meanwhile, school officials are trying to determine whether students who survived the rampage will be able to return to classes. Newtown police Lt. George Sinko says he thinks it will be very difficult for the children to return to Sandy Hook Elementary, but officials also want to keep the children together because the survivors "need to support each other."


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