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The entire nation is still stunned in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting rampage.

Investigators are trying to figure out what led 20-year-old Adam Lanza to slaughter 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Friday morning.

There were some new revelations and corrections released by authorities Saturday.

Officials released all of the names of the victims. All of the adult victims were women. All of the children were ages 6 and 7.

Lanza is also believed to have shot his mother at the home they shared, and we learned Saturday that his mother had never worked at Sandy Hook, counter to what was previously reported.

Authorities say they have very strong leads as to what the motive may have been at play here but they are not ready yet to release that information.

FOX 29's Omari Fleming reported live Saturday night from Newtown, Conn., with the very latest on how people are coping, including parents of some of those children who were killed.

The 20 child victims were all in the first grade. The release of their names brought the first chance to get a look at and find out more about the young children being called "angels."

Emily Parker, 6, was one of the kids killed at the school. Her heartwarming smile is one of the many things her father will miss.

Robert Parker said his daughter was "beautiful" and "always smiling."

A third-grader named Maleeah Ali toted around a picture of her first-grade teacher, whom she called her favorite.

Vicki Soto was one of six faculty members killed.

Authorities said the school psychologist was found dead in the hallway along with Principal Dawn Hocksprung.

"She was a personal friend and wonderful leader, and it's a huge loss for the kids and the community, her family," said library clerk Maryann Jacob.

The state medical examiner says the primary weapon used for the killing spree was an assault rifle.

"I only did seven of the autopsies. The victims I had ranged from three to 11 wounds apiece, and I saw only two of them with close-range shooting," the medical examiner said.

Song and prayer filled the night sky outside the Edmond Town Hall. The sadness was evident on some people's faces.

A memorial of candles illuminated the night, a beacon to the victims and survivors to let them know the community's prayers are with them, hoping that they'll be able to heal.

"They've seen things that no child that age should ever have to see, and I just – the trauma that would follow that, I just pray that God would erase that from their memories so they would have their innocence back," mourner Bobbi Veach said.

Flags are flying at half-staff. Also, there's a makeshift memorial at the base of that flag.

A number of churches in the area have stayed open late to help many of the people here in Newtown.

As for the suspect, we'll get to know a little bit more about him Sunday. That's when the state medical examiner is expected to finish the autopsy on him as well as his mother, Fleming reported.

As you know, police say Lanza – now seen in older photographs – carried out those killings. He's described by those who knew him as intelligent but painfully shy. Family members say he had once attended public school in Newtown but he was pulled out of the district and homeschooled.

The weapons used to commit this heinous crime belonged to Nancy Lanza, the suspect's mother. She was found shot to death in the home she shared with him. Police believe the son killed his mother, then stole her guns and her car and drove it to the school.

The Lanza family released a statement Saturday that was read by the county sheriff.

"We reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence that has affected so many," the statement read in part.

The family went on to ask for privacy as they mourn the loss of their loved ones.

In a public address Saturday, Gov. Dan Malloy offered more words of comfort. He called for the people of Connecticut to remember those who lost their lives Friday. And he assured them the time to talk about policy issues will come.

"There will be time soon for a discussion of public policy issues surrounding yesterday's events. But what's important right now is love, courage and compassion," Malloy said.

The Connecticut shooting sparked renewed debate about gun control all over the country.

The weapons used in the school shooting were legally owned.

The grief being felt all over the country has led to flags being lowered to half staff in honor of the victims.

State flags in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have been lowered for at least the next five days.

People in the Philadelphia area were out honoring the memory of the victims in LOVE Park on Saturday. A moment of silence was held at the Christmas Village and, as you can hear in the video, kids from the Make a Wish Foundation lifted the mood when they started singing Christmas carols to the crowd.

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