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National Football League to pay tribute to shooting victims

The National Football League has asked all home teams to observe a moment silence for the victims of the Connecticut school shooting prior to the opening kick off this weekend, according to the NFL website.

The New York Giants will wear a decal on their helmets in memory of the victims, wearing the initials S.H.E.S. (Sandy Hook Elementary School) on the back of their helmets.

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Putin conveys sympathy to families of shooting victims

Russian leader Vladmir Putin has called the shootings in a school in Connecticut "particularly tragic" as the majority of the 28 killed were children.

The Kremlin said in a statement:

Vladimir Putin asked Barack Obama to convey words of support and sympathy to the families and friends of the victims and expressed his empathy with the American people.

Merkel: 'Deepest sympathy' for shooting victims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her "deepest sympathy" is reserved for relatives of the victims of the shooting rampage that left 28 people dead, including 20 children in Connecticut. In a statement, the German Chancellor said:

Once again we stand aghast at a deed that cannot be comprehended. The thought of the murdered pupils and teachers makes my heart heavy.

Obama: 'Far too many' tragic shootings in recent years

President Barack Obama said the nation was grieving for those killed during the "tragic shooting" in Newtown, Connecticut.

During his weekly radio and television address, the President said, "We have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years ... We have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics".

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Governors order flags to fly half-mast in victims' honour

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy tweeted:

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Gov: I join with my fellow NYers in mourning the loss of innocent lives that were taken in today’s shooting | #NYS flags @ half-staff tom

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In recognition & mourning of the victims in NewtownCT today, I am ordering flags to be flown half-staff on Tuesday Dec18 2012#PrayForNewtown

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Gov. Malloy has ordered US and #CT flags to half-staff in honor of today's victims in #Newtown

'We have to stop these senseless deaths' says Columbine principal

The principal of Columbine High School has offered his condolences to the families of the victims killed during a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

"It's a reminder of how vulnerable we are as a society," he said.

"As a society we have to come together, we have to stop these senseless deaths." reports the Denver Post.

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