As the funeral processions unfolded this week across Newtown, Conn., laying to rest the 26 victims of last week’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the massacre’s often-uncounted 27th victim was quietly memorialized Thursday: Nancy Lanza, the killer’s mother.
An official source in New Hampshire confirmed that a private funeral had been held for Lanza, 52, at an undisclosed location, attended only by her family.
"It was private, family only. About 25 family members attended," said Donald W. Briggs Jr., police chief in Kingston, N.H.
The service probably occurred near Kingston, where Lanza grew up, married her high school boyfriend and bore the couple’s two sons before moving to Connecticut in 1998.
Her family in New Hampshire has kept a low profile since the killings catapulted them into national scrutiny.
Lanza’s mother, Dorothy Hanson, a 79-year-old former school nurse, broke down and could not speak when contacted by a reporter. Her brother James Champion, a longtime law enforcement officer in Kingston, had planned to read a statement to the media but found himself unable to do so. Rockingham County Sheriff Michael Downing read the statement instead.