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Sandy Hook Teacher Kaitlin Roig Saved 15 Students, Is A True American Hero!

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If not for the quick-thinking and bravery of Kaitlin Roig, there is a very real possibility the unfathomable casualty count at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday could have been even higher.

When the shooting began, the lovely young first-grade teacher quickly ushered her 15 students into the classroom closet and urged them to be quiet.

In an interview chilling enough to make even the most world-weary cynic cry, Diane Sawyer discusses with Kaitlin (above) the unforgettable moments between when Adam Lanza fired his first gunshots and when the police arrived to safely lead her children outside.

This shooting was masterminded by one heinous villain, but, as details from this tragedy slowly come into focus, we're realizing Newtown, Connecticut is a community filled with dozens of astonishing heroes.

We honor the courage and selflessness of those teachers, administrators, first responders, and classmates who helped prevent even more parents from burying their children this week.

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Sandy Hook Shooter Adam Lanza's Parents' Divorce Papers Show No Sign Of Mental Health Issues

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While there is no doubt that Adam Lanza, the young man behind the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, was mentally ill, papers secured from his parents' divorce show no indication that anything was wrong… at least not four years ago.

Peter and Nancy Lanza filed for divorce in 2008 and in the documents, Peter agreed to pay Nancy increasing amounts of spousal support each year. In 2010, Peter paid almost $250,000.

But there is nothing in the papers that mentions their son's mental state.

Adam's mother did seem to know something was wrong with her child a year or so before the attack took place, as recent reports claim she talked about her fears at a bar she would occasionally patronize.

We just cannot begin to imagine what would drive someone to orchestrate such a calculated attack on the most innocent of humans.

We only pray that anyone who feels depressed, isolated, numb, angry, — even insane — seek help immediately, before something treatable and manageable turns into something violent.

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Sandy Hook Victim Rachel D'Avino Died Days Before A Wedding Proposal

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There are so many tragic tales coming out of Newtown, CT, it's impossible to begin to comprehend them all.

Rachel D'Avino was a behavioral therapist employed at Sandy Hook Elementary, and she will never know that her boyfriend Anthony Cerritelli planned to propose to her on Christmas Eve.

According to close friend Lissa Lovetere Stone, Anthony had just asked Rachel's parents for permission to take their daughter's hand in marriage and he planned to pop the question in several days.

Lissa says Rachel was an exemplary individual, especially in caring for children with special needs. She revealed:

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Sandy Hook Shooter's Mom Was Increasingly Worried About Her Son's Well-Being

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As we all continue to wrap our heads around one of our nation's most horrifically unnecessary tragedies, we are left with the lingering question of "why?"

Why couldn't this be avoided? Why would Adam Lanza feel compelled to commit these horrible crimes against innocent children?

We're still miles away from answering those questions, but we're gaining of a better sense of how worried Adam's deceased mother Nancy Lanza was about her son's well-being.

Nancy reportedly told an unnamed bar acquaintance at a watering hole she frequented that she feared "losing" Adam and that "he was getting worse.

One bar patron revealed details from a conversation he allegedly had with Nancy about a year ago. He said:

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Father Of Sandy Hook Shooting Victim Gives Heartwrenching Speech Remembering Daughter And Offering Condolences To Shooter's Family

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The names of all 26 victims lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, have now been officially released, and last night, Robbie Parker, whose six-year-old daughter, Emilie, was one of the young souls lost in the tragedy, bravely released a powerful, truly heart-crushing statement to the press paying tribute to his child.

However, what truly speaks to this man's humanity - in the purest sense of the word - here is that despite the real-life nightmare that he is currently enduring, he still manages to fight back the tears and reach out to all of the other suffering families attempting to pick up the pieces of their own shattered lives and offer them his support and condolences…including those related to suspected shooter Adam Lanza.

Please watch this incredible testament to true compassion and empathy (above).

We sincerely hope that everyone out there struggling to make sense of this all while fighting outrage, despair, and looking to point the finger of blame can manage to dig past all of these justifiable emotions and learn from his example.

There is no argument from us that there are policies and laws in this country that simply MUST change to prevent these kinds of tragedies in the future, but we think that if we TRULY want to create a world where our children won't have to grow up fearing for their lives even in places that SHOULD be safe, like the classroom, we must look inside of ourselves and seriously reflect on what's REALLY important in life, and how we can put aside our differences with one another and work together to help everyone do the same.

As Robbie says, that's what his child would have wanted, and we owe it to her - and all of the other young souls taken from their loved ones Friday - to do just that.

May they R.I.P.

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Father Of Suspected Sandy Hook Shooter Releases "Heartbroken" Statement As Victims Are Formally Identified.

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As the country still struggles to understand and make sense of the monstrous, unspeakable Sandy Hook Elementary School school shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut Friday morning, the father and extended family of suspected shooter, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, have broken their silence.

Peter Lanza said in a statement:

"Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can."

Meanwhile, the family of Nancy Lanza, who was also found killed at another location and divorced her husband in 2009, continued:

"The family of Nancy Lanza share the grief of a community and a nation as we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share. Our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss. On behalf of Nancy’s mother and siblings we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence that has affected so many."

Both Peter and Adam's older brother, Ryan - who was originally misidentified as the man responsible - have both been questioned by the FBI but at this point, are not considered suspects.

While authorities have informed the public that their investigators have found "very good evidence … as to how, and more importantly, why, this occurred," no further details have been released.

However, according to Nancy Lanza's neighbor, Dan Holmes, the first victim was an avid gun collector who was not only proud to own and have weapons registered in her name, but in the months leading up to the tragic, pointless events of Friday, often brought her children to several firing ranges to teach them how to shoot.

Sadly, these were the weapons that ultimately took the lives of 26 individuals, all of whom have now been identified.

Take a moment and pray for their souls, as well as their friends, family, and loved ones still struggling to come to grips with the profound, unspeakable tragedy that will hang heavily in all our hearts for a long time to come…AFTER THE JUMP.

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Connecticut School Shooting: Cops Closer To Motive

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Though nothing will ever be able to justify the brutal shooting spree Connecticut endured on Friday, police are close to realizing the motive behind the madness.

With twenty children and six adults dead, cops have uncovered what they call "very good evidence" for Adam Lanza's motive in the massacre.

Lt. J. Paul Vance reveals:

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