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Sunday 21 September 2014

Governor of Virginia offers prayers to sympathies to Connecticut after school shooting

NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: Connecticut State Police walk near the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports, there are more than 20 dead, most children, after a gunman opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter was also killed. (Photo by Douglas Healey/Getty Images)
NEWTOWN, CT - DECEMBER 14: Connecticut State Police walk on Dickson Street from the scene of an elementary school shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports, there are about 27 dead, 18 children, after a gunman opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The shooter was also killed. (Photo by Douglas Healey/Getty Images)
Heavily armed Connecticut State troopers are on the scene at the Sandy Hook School following a shooting at the school, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. A man opened fire inside the Connecticut elementary school where his mother worked Friday, killing 26 people, including 18 children, and forcing students to cower in classrooms and then flee with the help of teachers and police. (AP Photo/The Journal News, Frank Becerra Jr.) MANDATORY CREDIT, NYC OUT, NO SALES, TV OUT, NEWSDAY OUT; MAGS OUT

The Governor of Virginia has extended his sympathies to Connecticut following the elementary school massacre, saying his state still has painful memories of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in April 2007.

Governor Bob McDonnell said his thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by today's attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Official said 27 people, including 18 children, had been killed and staff and pupils from the school were among the dead. The gunman was also killed.

Mr McDonnell said the memories of the Tech shootings have never faded in Virginia and the state continues to grieve for those shot dead by a lone gunman on the Blacksburg campus.

The gunman also killed himself, leaving 33 dead in the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

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