After the incident, visibly moved and almost in tears, US President Barack Obama addressed the nation saying, "Our hearts are broken today, for the parents, and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children and for the families of the adults who were lost."
I got the news through my Facebook friends from US who conveyed the following:
Horrified at what people are capable of. What one person can do to that many kids and families! Where were the security guards? Who was watching the cameras? Isn't that what they're there for? My heart goes out to those families. Prayer will get you nowhere. Help them by tactical means, not religious. That's how people can help!" wrote friend Jennifer Bierbaum.
My aunt Jeya Pande posted the inset picture and wrote thus on the facebook, "There are no words. I am beyond sick about this. It's too horrific and tragic for words. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with those precious children and adults who were ripped away from their loved ones, from their life and for all their families and loved ones. Our love and prayers are with you."