Embassy Mourns With Families Of School Massacre Victims

by Joseph G. Lariosa


CHICAGO (jGLi) – The Philippine Embassy had expressed its condolence to the United States over the Friday (Dec. 14) shooting spree in an elementary school in Connecticut, killing 26 people, 20 of them school children. In a press statement, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. said, “We join the Government of the United States and the American people in mourning the loss of so many innocent lives. Our hearts go to the families of those who lost loved ones in this tragedy.”

The shooting rampage resulted in 28 deaths, including the gunman, who committed suicide, and the mother of the gunman. It was the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting to the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead in 2007.

“Our hearts are broken today,” a tearful President Barack Obama spoke to the nation in the White House. He called for “meaningful action” to prevent such shootings, saying, “As a country, we have been through this too many times.”

The Embassy is also verifying if there are any Filipino American victims in the massacre that took place inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut at around 9:40 a.m.

New York Consul General Mario De Leon said Newton is home to seven Filipino American families registered with the Filipino American Association of Western Connecticut.

Deputy Consul General Theresa Dizon-De Vega said the incident took place about 15 minutes from Danbury where more than 100 of the estimated 500 Filipino families in Western Connecticut are residing. She said there are 16,402 Filipinos across Connecticut based on the 2010 US Census.

The gunman, identified by newspaper reports as Adam Lanza, killed his mother at their home before driving her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School and — armed with at least two handguns — carried out a massacre that left 20 children dead, officials said. A third weapon, a .223-caliber rifle, was found in the car, and more guns were recovered during the investigation.

Motive of the carnage is still being investigated. (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

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