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No clear motive for Newtown shootings leaves victims' families still grief-stricken

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 6:36 p.m. MDT

A Christmas tree, right, is surrounded by makeshift memorials that are multiplying by the day in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., the site of a shooting massacre, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The gunman, Adam Lanza, walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. Officials say Lanza killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home before heading to the school. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez, Associated Press) A Christmas tree, right, is surrounded by makeshift memorials that are multiplying by the day in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., the site of a shooting massacre, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The gunman, Adam Lanza, walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself. Officials say Lanza killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home before heading to the school. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez, Associated Press)

A report by the Connecticut State's Attorney's Office indicates that police officials may never determine shooter Adam Lanza's motive behind the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, nearly one year ago.

The report includes findings from the investigation following the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings at the school in Newtown that left 26 people dead. The report aims to put together the grief-stained pieces of this act of violence, according to the National Journal.

"A 48-page report released Monday by Connecticut’s lead investigator in the case, State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, said that Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother four times with a .22-caliber rifle as she lay in bed in their Newtown home, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School, which he had once attended," the Washington Post reported.

The report further showed that Lanza forced his entry into the school, and used a Bushmaster XM15-E2S semiautomatic 5.56mm rifle to kill 20 children and six adults. Two others were also wounded before Lanza committed suicide with a Gock 10mm handgun, according to the Washington Post.

A U.S. flag displays the name of 26 victims killed when a man opened fired at Sandy Hook Elementary School stands at a makeshift memorial in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. For the most part, makeshift memorials honor the 26 victims allegedly killed by the gunman, Adam Lanza, who forced himself into the school on Dec. 14, 2012. In total, 27 people were killed as officials say Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home. Nancy Lanza is virtually nonexistent in the memorials. (Julio Cortez, Associated Press) A U.S. flag displays the name of 26 victims killed when a man opened fired at Sandy Hook Elementary School stands at a makeshift memorial in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. For the most part, makeshift memorials honor the 26 victims allegedly killed by the gunman, Adam Lanza, who forced himself into the school on Dec. 14, 2012. In total, 27 people were killed as officials say Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home. Nancy Lanza is virtually nonexistent in the memorials. (Julio Cortez, Associated Press)

The report confirmed that all evidence pointed to Lanza acting alone.

“The obvious question that remains is: ‘Why did the shooter murder twenty-seven people, including twenty children?’" the report stated.

According to the Washington Post, “Unfortunately, that question may never be answered conclusively, despite the collection of extensive background information on the shooter through a multitude of interviews and other sources. The evidence clearly shows that the shooter planned his actions, including the taking of his own life, but there is no clear indication why he did so, or why he targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School."

According to an article from The Associated Press in the Deseret News, the report also gave insights into Lanza's character.

"(The) report offered a chilling portrait of 20-year-old Adam Lanza as a loner who was obsessed with violence and bound by ritualistic behavior," the article reported.

A Sandy Hook resident wears a handmade sweatshirt in support of his town while looking at a memorial to the Newtown shooting victims in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The funerals for the victims of the school shooting are wrapping up after a wrenching week of farewells. Twenty children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. Adam Lanza, the lone gunman, killed his mother before going on the rampage and then committed suicide. (Seth Wenig, Associated Press) A Sandy Hook resident wears a handmade sweatshirt in support of his town while looking at a memorial to the Newtown shooting victims in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. The funerals for the victims of the school shooting are wrapping up after a wrenching week of farewells. Twenty children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. Adam Lanza, the lone gunman, killed his mother before going on the rampage and then committed suicide. (Seth Wenig, Associated Press)

The Washington Post quoted the report as saying that Lanza had "an obsession with mass murders," including the April 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. The investigation showed nothing, however, "that he intended to commit such a crime himself."

For the victims' families, the report offers little, if any, closure.

USA Today reported that Donna Soto — mother of Victoria Soto, a teacher and victim of the shooting — posted on her Facebook about the report.

"She said the report 'is yet another blow that our family has been dealt' and does not answer the family's questions: 'How can we live without Vicki? How do we celebrate Christmas without Vicki? How do we go on every day missing a piece of our family?’ ” according to USA Today.

The article said that the Soto family is unsure if it will ever find answers or make sense of this great tragedy.

Balloons in the shape of numbers 2 and 6, top left, fly from a makeshift memorial as pedestrians wait to cross the street in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., the site of a shooting massacre last week, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. For the most part, makeshift memorials honor the 26 victims allegedly killed by the gunman, Adam Lanza, who forced himself into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. In total 27 people were killed as officials say Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home. Nancy Lanza is virtually nonexistent in the memorials. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez, Associated Press) Balloons in the shape of numbers 2 and 6, top left, fly from a makeshift memorial as pedestrians wait to cross the street in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., the site of a shooting massacre last week, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. For the most part, makeshift memorials honor the 26 victims allegedly killed by the gunman, Adam Lanza, who forced himself into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. In total 27 people were killed as officials say Lanza shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home. Nancy Lanza is virtually nonexistent in the memorials. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez, Associated Press)

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