‘‘There is no blame to be laid on us but there is a great burden and a great challenge that we emerge whole,’’ First Select Woman Patricia Llodra said. ‘‘It is a defining moment for our town, but it does not define us.’’
Obama said his words of comfort would not be enough, but he brought them anyway, on behalf of parents everywhere now holding their children tighter.
‘‘I can only hope that it helps for you to know,’’ he said, ‘‘that you are not alone in your grief.’’
Associated Press writers David Klepper in Newtown and Julie Pace and Kevin Freking in Washington contributed to this report.
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