In the wake of tragic shooting that killed at least 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a number of celebrities took to Twitter to condemn the incident and send prayers to victims and their families. Among them were Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian.
"This is absolutely horrifying. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families in Newton, CT. So unbelievably sad," LiLo tweeted. Bieber sent a similar message to his followers, "Heard about what happened in CT, my prayers go out to all those suffering in this tragedy. it's just wrong. Everyone please pray for them."
"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star Kim posted another heartfelt message regarding the sad news, "In total shock over the school shooting in Ct!...What has this world come to...These kids come to school to learn, never expecting this tragedy to happen. They didn't deserve this. Praying for everyone involved!"
Ashton Kutcher was also saddened by the tragedy, "Overwhelming feelings of sadness for something so senseless. My heart goes out to those in Connecticut." Demi Lovato tweeted, "Just in shock. WHAT is wrong with this world sometimes? Right before Christmas? My thoughts and prayers go out to Newton, CT."
Miley Cyrus joined the mourners, "Why does this happen? Why do bad things happen to such good people... Especially young ones. Sending blessings to CT." Eva Longoria posted on her own page, "My heart sinks as I hear the news of the Sandy Elementary shooting in CT...God Bless everyone and their families!!!"
Jordin Sparks wrote, "Those precious children...I will never understand the evil in this world. On my knees praying for those families. I am in tears." Blake Shelton tweeted, "Stand strong and stand united everyone... We are Americans and we are better than this. What a sad sad disgusting day this is...My heart is so heavy right now... I can't shake it off."
Ian Somerhalder said, "We are sad. Our hearts, thoughts & help are w/ you. Im so sorry to all affected by this. So sorry. May all the love in the world hug you in this time." Piers Morgan added, "Don't just mourn these poor dead children America - get angry and do something to stop these senseless shootings happening."
Snoop Dogg expressed his condolence, "Sending love 2 the families in Connecticut for their tragic loss. 2day I bow my head in sadness." Holly Robinson Peete wrote, "This story has me paralyzed with sorrow... #SandyHookElementary the reports of deaths are unfathomable... #RIP to the angels lost #senseless."
Melissa Joan Hart posted, "How could someone be so evil as to kill innocent children at school? God Bless and watch over those families and children that witnessed it!" Bethenny Frankel wrote, "These poor parents probably have Christmas presents for these poor babies. I can't stop crying."
Alyssa Milano posted another tribute, "My heart and soul aches for the parents of those babies lost and for the babies that have to somehow heal & overcome... Hold each other." Rihanna added, "God have mercy!!!! No one deserves this! Praying for the families of the victims of the Connecticut shooting!! What a Christmas it will be."
On Friday morning, December 14, a gunman identified as Adam Lanza opened fire at the school where his mother worked as a kindergarten teacher. Twenty of the victims were children ages 5 to 10, and among the adult were the principal, school psychologist and reportedly the gunman himself. Another woman reportedly Adam's mother was found dead in a home in the area with a gunwound to the face, bringing the total victim to at least 27.
The school was quickly evacuated and the entire district was put on a lockdown. Children at the school ground were told to close their eyes by police as they were escorted out of the building. Some were crying, and others looked frightened when they were led through a parking lot in a line with hands on each other's shoulders.
"Our hearts are broken today," President Obama said at the White House while struggling to hold his tears as he said how the young victims "had their entire lives ahead of them."