WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has addressed a stunned nation for a second time regarding the Connecticut school massacre, saying the country is "heavy with hurt."
In his weekly media message, Obama said, "We grieve for the families of those we lost. And we keep in our prayers the parents of those who survived. Because as blessed as they are to have their children home, they know that their child's innocence has been torn away far too early."
Police say 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother at home and then massacred 26 people, including 20 children, at an elementary school in Newtown. Lanza, committed suicide.
Obama says he and his wife, Michelle, "are doing what I know every parent is doing - holding our children as close as we can and reminding them how much we love them."
Republicans ceded their time so that Obama could speak for the nation.