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Gunman's father speaks of heartbreak

Associated Press
Updated 8:07 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2012
  • LinkedIn profile photo of Peter Lanza, father of  20-year-old Adam Lanza. Photo: Contributed Photo

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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The father of the gunman in the Connecticut school rampage says his family is saddened and struggling to make sense of what happened.

Peter Lanza says in a statement released late Saturday that "our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy."

Investigators are trying to learn more about Lanza's son, 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza, who gunned down 26 people including 20 children at a Newtown elementary school. They've questioned his older brother, who's not believed to have been involved in the rampage.

Peter Lanza says "no words can truly express how heartbroken we are" and that relatives are "in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can."

Peter Lanza is a vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services. He and Nancy Lanza divorced in 2009 due to "irreconcilable differences," according to court records in Stamford. The couple had been married for 28 years. About nine months after Nancy filed for the divorce, the two worked out an in agreement that included joint custody of their son Adam, who was 17 at the time. As part of their parental agreement, Adam was to live primarily with his mother, with Peter permitted "liberal visitation and vacations."

Peter Lanza now lives on Bartina Lane in the Westover section of Stamford. Lanza has worked as a tax specialist in the financial industry and served as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in Boston since 1995 and has taught classes on tax partnerships at Fairfield University.