Several major tributes to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting have omitted its first victim, the shooter's mother who likely owned the guns used in the mass killing. The actual toll in Newtown, Conn., was 20 children, six school personnel, and Nancy Lanza, 52, the forgotten 27th victim.
Examples of the omission include a 26-flare salute during Sunday night's National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers. The flares were followed by a 26-second moment of silence at the stadium.
On Friday, during a state-wide moment of silence, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy asked churches to ring 26 bells in honor of the victims of the tragedy.
In addition to the more visible tributes, many schools held 26 second moments of silence throughout the country, while people in surrounding communities displayed 26 Christmas trees on the road outside the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which remains an active crime scene according to police.
The omission of Nancy Lanza in the tributes and memorials was not missed by some
who took exception to the exclusion on Twitter.
"Why hasn’t Nancy Lanza been included in anyone’s speeches as a victim? Everyone says 26 victims when it should be 27 victims," tweeted Tony Granato (@LTtonyg) on Monday.
Similar sentiment was expressed by Mika Glogowski (@eeka_mika), who tweeted, "A lot of people are forgetting a victim of the sandy hill tragedy Nancy Lanza.Her life was taken from her and she deserves to be remembered."
A possible reason for some to ignore the murder of Nancy, who was shot in the head four times by her son, Adam Lanza, 20, before he drove to the elementary school to carry out the massacre, was her interest in guns and the fact that she likely owned the guns used in the killings. She also apparently exposed her son to weapons despite his having possible emotional problems.
One group of people who have not forgotten who the first victim of Friday's killings are the family of Nancy Lanza, which in a statement released on Saturday said: "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."
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