“Heal the broken hearted, bind up their wounds.”

There just aren’t words.

Nearly 30 people, including 20 children, have been confirmed dead following this morning’s attack at a Connecticut elementary school in which a masked shooter invaded the campus and released more than 100 rounds into neighboring classrooms.

Various media outlets have reported 27 dead total — 18 children and six adults killed in the line of fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., two more children who died while receiving treatment at a nearby hospital and a dead body found at the alleged shooter’s residence.

The shooter, who has tentatively been identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, was found dead inside the school.

Many details remain muggy but what quickly became apparent as we at the News-Times huddled in a small corner gaping at the reports was that the news would not cease becoming worse as the day continued.

Speaking before the nation, President Barack Obama did little to politicize the matter and instead simply offered his condolences, adding that in cases such as these, which are becoming too frequent, he doesn’t react as a president, but as a parent.

Wiping tears as he spoke of the beautiful 5- to 10-year-olds who lost their lives, the president quoted Scripture: “Heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds.”

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