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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