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Shooter's father, other family members issue statements

CNN Wire

8:41 PM CST, December 15, 2012

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Relatives of the Connecticut school gunman share the nation's grief and struggles "to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share," according to a statement from James Champion, a police officer and an uncle to alleged gunman Adam Lanza.

Champion is also the brother to Nancy Lanza, the gunman's mother. "On behalf of Nancy's mother and siblings, we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the loss of innocence that has affected so many," the statement said, which was read by Rockingham County, New Hampshire, Sheriff Michael Downing.

Peter Lanza, father of the alleged Connecticut school shooting gunman, released a statement Saturday expressing condolences to the families of victims. "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," said the statement, which was obtained by CNN affiliate WFSB.