Hindu Americans Devestated by Connecticut School Shooting, Grieve for Victims
Washington, D.C. (December 15, 2012) - Hindu Americans across the country expressed devastation and grief at the tragic shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. The shooting, which left twenty children and six adults dead, including the school's principal and psychologist, was the second deadliest in American history.
Sandy Hook Elementary accommodates students in kindergarten through fourth grade, ranging in ages five to ten years old.
"As a mother of two young sons, I can't even begin to fathom the loss and agony the parents of the victims are going through right now," said Suhag Shukla, Esq., HAF's Executive Director and Legal Counsel. "To target the most vulnerable and innocent in our society in such a ruthless and brutal manner is senseless."
This latest massacre came only days after a mall shooting in Portland, Oregon took the lives of two people, and a few months after the Oak Creek, Wisconsin gurudwara and the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings.
"The Hindu American community offers its thoughts and prayers to all those that have suffered in this heartbreaking calamity, especially the families of the victims," said Sheetal Shah, HAF's Senior Director. "We are confident, however, that the people of Newtown, Connecticut as well as other communities recently affected by such wanton violence will emerge from these tragedies stronger than ever."
Hindu American Foundation leaders also commended the heroic efforts of law enforcement, first responders, and school staff in preventing the further loss of life by protecting and evacuating students from the premises.