The shooter, who is said to be in his 20s, first shot and killed his mother, a teacher at the school, then murdered 18 of her students and seven adults, before killing himself. The shooting is said to be among the worst in recent history.
As news of the tragedy spread through social networks this morning, the hip-hop community, oft criticized for promoting violent behavior, was quick to denounce the brutal killings.
Everyone from Waka Flocka Flame (no stranger to gun violence himself) and Lil Kim to Rihanna and Solange tweeted their condolences, offering prayers and demanding stricter gun laws.
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God have mercy!!!! No one deserves this! Praying for the families of the victims of the Connecticut shooting!! What a Christmas it will be- Rihanna (@rihanna) December 14, 2012
I am so deeply saddened, and angry at what has happened at Sandy Hook in Newtown.New gun laws MUST happen. This is devastating.- solange knowles (@solangeknowles) December 14, 2012
I'm shocked and saddened to hear about this school shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. #PrayForNewton- Lil' Kim (@LilKim) December 14, 2012
Praying for the victims at that school shooting in CT damn #ColdWorld- Waka Flocka Flame (@WakaFlockaBSM) December 14, 2012
This ct shooting is beyond sad.....god bless them families and the world because the devil is working hard....- ghost (@therealstylesp) December 14, 2012
Prayers for the families of everyone victimized in the Sand Hook Elementary shooting.....- Spitta (@CurrenSy_Spitta) December 14, 2012
Truly sickened and saddened by the shooting in Connecticut. My heart and prayers go out to the parents and families of all those children.- Eve (@TheRealEve) December 14, 2012
God Bless all the families 4 their horrific losses 2day suffering as a result of that Connecticut Elementary school shooting 2day. I'm sick!- Busta Rhymes (@BustaRhymes) December 14, 2012