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|Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by murphylee08: 2:09pm On Dec 15, 2012|
He was dark and disturbed, a deeply troubled boy from a wealthy family who unnerved his neighbors and classmates.
Mass murderer Adam Lanza, 20, was a ticking time bomb, people who knew him told the Daily News.
“This was a deeply disturbed kid,” a family insider told the Daily News. “He certainly had major issues. He was subject to outbursts from what I recall.”
Lanza, who friends and officials said suffered from Asperger’s syndrome or a personality disorder, had a tortured mind.
He was socially awkward and at times unstable, but also extraordinarily bright.
“He was smart,” the insider said. “He was like one of these real brainiac computer kind of kids.”
A “longtime” family friend said Lanza had a condition “where he couldn’t feel pain.”
“A few years ago when he was on the baseball team, everyone had to be careful that he didn’t fall because he could get hurt and not feel it,” said the friend. “Adam had a lot of mental problems.”
School nurse Sarah Cox speaks to the media after a school shooting. The mass murderer, identified by authorities as Ryan Lanza, packed a pair of weapons and blasted his teacher mom before opening fire on her students inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Lanza’s strange behavior was well-known among his well-heeled neighbors in leafy Newtown, Conn. His antics irked several residents.
“Adam Lanza has been a weird kid since we were 5 years old,” a neighbor and former classmate named Tim Dalton wrote on Twitter. “As horrible as this was, I can’t say I am surprised . . . Burn in hell, Adam.”
He was also seen as an odd figure at Newtown High School.
Even before that, Lanza walked the halls of his middle school carrying a black briefcase while most students lugged their belongings in backpacks. “That stuck out,” said Tim Lalli, 20, who graduated with Lanza in 2010. “It was different.”
Lalli said Lanza wasn’t a total outcast, but he didn’t speak much.
“Everyone just assumed he was a smart kid and that’s why he didn’t like talking to people all the time,” he said. “He hung out with the smart crowd.”
And he lived in luxury.
Lanza was living with his devoted mother, Nancy, in the family’s four-bedroom, 3,100-square-foot estate.
Nancy Lanza divorced Adam’s father, Peter, in 2008. Peter Lanza, now a vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services, agreed to annual alimony payments that started at $240,000 and would have reached $298,800 in 2015.
The couple had married on June 6, 1981, in Kingston, N.H. — where Adam Lanza was born — and the divorce hit Peter Lanza hard, his lawyer said.
“He was very upset that he was getting divorced, but he didn’t want to take it out on anybody,” said attorney Gary Oberst.
He said the Lanzas were deeply devoted to their children. In fact, Peter Lanza insisted on handing over more money than his lawyer initially suggested.
“He did more than he had to with the divorce,” said Oberst. “When he came in to consult with me, I said, ‘This is what your obligation is.’ He said, ‘That’s not enough. I want to do more.’ ”
The family insider described the Lanzas as “lovely, very generous people who were very kind to each other during the divorce.”
Peter Lanza was blindsided by news of the shooting. When he drove up to his red-brick home in Stamford, Conn., Friday afternoon, a reporter was waiting outside.
“Is there something I can do for you?” Lanza asked,, according to the Connecticut Post.
When told his address had been linked to the Newtown massacre, his face dropped, he rolled up the window of his blue Mini Cooper and drove into his garage without commenting.
He had arrived home just after a group of cops left. The sight of the officers freaked out neighbor Geralyn Petrafesa.
“Around 3 p.m., I drive by and saw the police wearing vests,” said Petrafesa. “They were approaching the house. I ran home and told my kids to stay in the house. I figured it was connected with what was going on in Newtown.”
The 52-year-old Peter Lanza had only recently moved in with his new wife, Shelley Cudiner, who works in the library at the University of Connecticut.
Peter Lanza also has an academic background. He has served as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in Boston since 1995 and has taught classes on tax partnerships at Fairfield University, according to the Connecticut Post.
Nancy Lanza, 54, whom Adam murdered inside the home the two shared, reportedly had worked at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But more recently, she was taking care of her son.
“She needed to be home with Adam,” the family insider said.
Nancy was known as a pillar of the community, while neighbors viewed her troubled son as a terror.
“My daughter went to school w/adam lanza,” a former neighbor who identified herself as Beth Israel wrote on Twitter. “We lived 6 houses away. He was troubled for sure for a long time. RIP nancy.”
Early news reports suggested Adam Lanza’s 24-year-old brother, Ryan, had launched the rampage — but Beth Israel believed otherwise.
“It has to be Adam, not Ryan,” she tweeted.
Ryan Lanza, who lives in Hoboken and works at Ernst and Young, didn’t talk about his younger brother while attending Quinnipiac University.
“I knew he had a brother, but I never knew anything more than he existed,” said a college friend.
Ryan Lanza told cops he had not been in touch with his brother since about 2010.
One family friend described Adam Lanza as a gamer who “rarely spoke.”
“He was weird,” said the friend, who asked to remain anonymous. “He was quiet.”
Lanza’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Hanson, told a Tampa Bay Times reporter she was too shaken to speak.
“(I’m) just trying to absorb it,” said Hanson, 78, who spends winters in a modest mobile home park in Brooksville, Fla.
A friend of Hanson’s said Lanza’s elderly grandmother was “beside herself right now.”
Late Friday night, Peter Lanza’s neighbors said they wondered how he was going to cope with the news that his ex-wife was dead and his youngest son would forever be known as a murderous monster.
“This whole thing is just tragic,” said one neighbor. “I can’t image what he’s dealing with right now.”
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by wayne4loan: 2:27pm On Dec 15, 2012|
So sad that a young man can murder innocent kids
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by malele(m): 4:59pm On Dec 15, 2012|
Who taught that kid how to fire those weapons
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 11:46pm On Dec 15, 2012|
malele: Who taught that kid how to fire those weaponsThe kid was intelligent, he probably learned it from the internet.
One common thing about these school shootings is that they are usually (if not always) carried out by socially awkward outcasts. Most of them do the killing because they resent their school mates for not accepting them and their weirdness.
I wonder why they decide that killing others is the way to go. The people they are killing are not responsible for the outcast's personality problems.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by DeeAe: 1:14am On Dec 16, 2012|
so guns are that expensive
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by fittty(m): 1:19am On Dec 16, 2012|
Stupidity is when the law grants a sane person the right to own a rifle while living with an insane person who could easily abuse it. **smdh**
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by tellwisdom: 1:20am On Dec 16, 2012|
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 1:21am On Dec 16, 2012|
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by moredendisc: 1:21am On Dec 16, 2012|
His momma taught him how to use a firearm
This is the first picture of Nancy Lanza, who took her son, Adam, to a shooting range
and taught him how to use a firearm before he turned a gun on her and shot her dead, then executed more than two dozen terrified children and teachers at an elementary school.
Fifty-two-year-old Nancy Lanza was an avid gun collector who had legally purchased five firearms, all registered in Connecticut, according to police records.
- Nancy Lanza, 52, was killed by her son, Adam Lanza, before he massacred 26 people and killed himself at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut
- Nancy Lanza once showed off a 'high-end rifle' to family friend Dan Holmes and recalled 'she was proud of it... she loved her guns'
- The mother had five guns registered to her name, two of which Adam Lanza used to carry out the execution-style killings
- A third gun belonging to Nancy Lanza was found in the back of the car that Adam Lanza drove to Sandy Hook Elementary
- Peers remember Adam Lanza as a quiet and extremely intelligent student who kept to himself and carried black briefcase to class
- Brother Ryan, 24, an accountant at Ernst and Young, said Adam had personality disorder
- Reporters broke the news of the massacre to Adam's father, Peter, who is divorced from the mother and lives in Stamford, Connecticut with new wife
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 1:21am On Dec 16, 2012|
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Roland17(m): 1:21am On Dec 16, 2012|
That picture was taken years ago when he was younger ( I can't be particular with the age though) he's 20 and looked like this..
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 1:23am On Dec 16, 2012|
It's always the same white psychotic ppl.
We know wazzup with black ppl, but wtf is wrong with whites?
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 1:25am On Dec 16, 2012|
A person purchasing one, two firearms, okay. A person collecting firearms, not okay
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by thegoodjoehunt(m): 1:29am On Dec 16, 2012|
Black Bros can't be this stupid. That is why when they commit crimes, they are termed MENACES. The only stupid blacks are the Sniper Killers.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by hamsky: 1:31am On Dec 16, 2012|
Dee_Ae: so guns are that expensiveIf they were as cheap as chips this news won't make front page.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Ayomax(m): 1:32am On Dec 16, 2012|
end time is near!!!!!!!
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by calcal: 1:34am On Dec 16, 2012|
that's okay in as much as the dude is white.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 1:37am On Dec 16, 2012|
The story is really disturbing.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Donmichaelz(m): 1:42am On Dec 16, 2012|
CN +Disney XD + global warming + economy recesion = adam lanza
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Oahray: 1:57am On Dec 16, 2012|
Why would a mother with a psychologically unstable child keep a collection of guns?
Guns have only one function: TO KILL.
Its so sad the e-diot had to take 26 other lives.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by CosmicJames(m): 1:59am On Dec 16, 2012|
Donmichaelz: CN +Disney XD + global warming + economy recesion = adam lanza
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by brownlord: 2:18am On Dec 16, 2012|
All of them dey mad, for here bad people na market place and road them dey waka, so em dey mad na tools em go carry ni, no shakin mk dem dey kill demselves
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by IlCapitano(m): 2:37am On Dec 16, 2012|
One messed up kid decides to mess up the lives of several parents by murdering their defenseless kids. Who the hell goes into a school guns blazing? How did the world get this way? How does one just shoot at innocent kids for no clear cut reason? First Colorado now Connecticut. This whole shooting whatchamacallit beats me. If any place worse than Hell exists this dude should have a front row seat there.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 2:49am On Dec 16, 2012|
You are very right Fellis, but maybe we should embrace these weird characters more often, and try to understand them, instead of seeing them as social outcasts.
Most extremely intelligent people are usually socially awkward. Learning to live with their awkwardness, and embracing their brilliance is good for society....
It is very obvious that this kid is mentally sick, which the current American gun laws do not mitigate against.
In all, I blame it on America's lax gun laws... When you mix a mad man and a gun together, you get carnage.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Basic(m): 3:13am On Dec 16, 2012|
This is the result of the shooting games these youths play on video games.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 3:21am On Dec 16, 2012|
The small boy that black, Muslim extremist used was psychotic tho
All he needed was love, to feel a feeling of belongingness
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by zumbigbo(m): 3:22am On Dec 16, 2012|
In-bred crackers can go off at any point, like grenades in an earthquake.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by koolet: 3:28am On Dec 16, 2012|
hmmn na wah 4 the whole world sef
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by KingPradas(m): 3:56am On Dec 16, 2012|
The guy sef looks slow.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 3:59am On Dec 16, 2012|
KingPradas: The guy sef looks slow.
Dem say the guy be genius o
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by braine(m): 4:06am On Dec 16, 2012|
Ayomax: end time is near!!!!!!!
Near for you bro.
|Re: Face Of Adam Lanza Connecticut Elementary School Gunman by Nobody: 4:08am On Dec 16, 2012|
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