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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is saddened by the mass killings including innocent children which occurred Friday (December 14) at an elementary school in Connecticut, USA.

Expressing shock and outrage at the horrific incident in which 26 persons, the majority of them children and also including the school’s principal were gunned down, the Prime Minister said “I weep for the victims and especially the children, cut down in such a brutal manner and at such a tender age.  On behalf of all Jamaicans, I send my deepest condolences to the families and friends who no doubt are going through a very difficult time. This is a tragedy from which they will never recover.”

The Prime Minister said she was still in shock after hearing about the incident, and was even more saddened at the number of children who lost their lives in the senseless tragedy. “I ask for God’s healing hands on those who were injured and hope that in time the persons who have lost their loved ones will find peace and be comforted.”

The incident is the second worst mass shooting in U.S. history, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 when 32 persons were killed before the shooter turned the gun on himself.