Newtown, CT and every parent in the world are still reeling over the heinous mass shooting that occurred last Friday (Dec. 14). Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Of the victims, 20 were first grade students, while the others were dedicated school faculty. Lanza also murdered his mother Nancy before arriving at the school.
Over the weekend, several tributes were made to those lost in the tragedy. From musicians to television stars to our Commander-in-Chief, condolences have been extended to families of the victims all weekend. Check out a few of those whose thoughts were with Newtown.
1. SNL Tribute
Refraining from the show’s usual outlandish antics, Saturday Night Live paid their respects to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with an a capella rendition of “Silent Night” by the New York City Children’s Chorus. After softly singing “sleep in heavenly peace,” the chorus kept with the SNL tradition and gleefully yelled, “Live from New York, it’s ‘Saturday Night!'”
2. Mike Posner
Like many other entertainers, Posner took to Twitter to express his condolences for the Sandy Hook victims. “Hey guys … I wanted to do SOMETHING for the victims’ families and I didn’t really know what else to do,” he tweeted. The singer/songwriter paid tribute with an original song called “Heaven,” including a handwritten message that read “To the victims families: I hope this song will help just a tiny tiny bit to ease the pain of your loss.” He ended his message with the song’s chorus, “Maybe this will make sense in heaven.
3. NY Giants/Victor Cruz
The New York Giants showed their grief for the 26 Sandy Hook victims during their Sunday (Dec. 17) night game against the Atlanta Falcons by donning the letters S.H.E.S. (Sandy Hook Elementary School) on their helmets. For wide receiver Victor Cruz, his tribute was a little closer to home. Jack Pinto, a 6-year-old was killed in the shooting, was one of his biggest fans. In a personal tribute, Cruz wrote “Jack Pinto, ‘MY HERO’,” and “This is 4 u!” on his cleats and gloves before the game. “When a family is facing that much tragedy,” Cruz said. “You want to be someone that inspires them and can put a smile on their face in a time where it’s tough to do that.” Cruz also contacted Pinto’s family, who considered burying Jack in his jersey.
The WWE’s annual Table, Ladders and Chairs event was held Sunday night (Dec. 17) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Before the start of the dramatically high-flying, furniture-crashing night, announcer Lilian Garcia asked the audience to stand for a 26-bell salute for each person lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy. The WWE was met with applause after the salute for the gesture.
5. President Obama
The President visited the people of Newtown, CT for an interfaith vigil in honor of the 26 people killed in Friday. In a emotional speech, Obama alluded to his administration working on a change of policy to stop gun violence, and ensured the families and friends of the victims that they were not mourning alone. “I am very mindful that mere words cannot reach the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. I can only hope it helps for you to know that you are not alone in your grief,” he said. “That our world too has been torn apart, that all across this land of ours we have wept with you, we’ve pulled our children tight.” President Obama then read off the names of each victim, as the crowd sobbed with every mention.