Newtown gunman body claimed

The body of the man who killed 27 people at a Connecticut primary school has been claimed for burial. An earlier report by he Reuters news agency that said Adam Lanza had actually been buried has since been retracted.

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Funeral held for Newtown gunman Adam Lanza

The gunman who killed 27 people and himself in Newtown, Connecticut, was buried at a private service over the weekend, a spokesman for his father said.

Gunman Adam Lanza killed 27 people including 20 children and his mother Nancy. Credit: NBC News

Peter Lanza claimed the body of his 20-year-old son Adam, the spokesman added.

Connecticut's chief medical examiner released Lanza's body on December 27.

The day after the second-deadliest school shooting in US history, Peter Lanza said in a statement: "Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired."

Update: Reuters have issued a correction on this story. Adam Lanza's body has been collected but not buried.


Body of Connecticut shooter collected for burial

Connecticut Medical Examiner Wayne H Carver II told the Hartford Courant the remains of Adam Lanza were claimed several days ago by someone who wanted to remain anonymous.

A candle-lit memorial service is held to remember the victims of the US school shootings. Credit: Reuters

Twenty-year-old Lanza killed 20 first-graders and six members of staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on December 14.

He also killed his mother, Nancy, at their home before going on the rampage and then committing suicide.

A private funeral for Mrs Lanza was held in New Hampshire earlier this month.

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