Obama says will try to 'end mass shootings' after paying tribute to Connecticut victims
President Barack Obama has told relatives of the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting spree that 'mass shooting tragedies must end'.
"Newtown, you are not alone," Obama told an emotional audience while speaking at a vigil in memory of the victims.
He struggled to maintain his composure, as he read the first names of each of the 20 children killed in America's worst school shooting. Sky News reports.
"God has called them home. For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory," he said.
"I come to offer the love and cares of the nation. I'm very mindful that mere words can not match the depths of your sorrow," Obama told the audience.
"I can only hope it helps for you to know you're not alone in your grief - our world too has been torn apart ... we have wept with you," he added.
According to the report, Obama paid tribute to the six adults who lost their lives when 20-year-old Adam Lanza went on a rampage through the school armed with an assault rifle.
"We know when danger arrived the school staff did not flinch. They responded as we all hope we might respond in such terrifying circumstances. With courage and with love, giving their lives to protect the children in their care," he said.
He hinted at changes to America's gun laws after the massacre, admitting: "We, as a nation, are left with hard questions."
Obama also told the hall that the US is 'not doing enough' to protect its children.
"These tragedies have to end, and to end them we must change," he added.