On Friday, Dec. 14, a horrific bloodbath took place in the small town of Newtown, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of New York. Heavily armed Adam Lanza, 20, stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School and, in less than 10 minutes, shot dead 20 children and six adults. Shortly beforehand, he had shot his mother to death. Afterwards, he turned the gun on himself. The massacre shocked America and sparked renewed debate on tightening up the country's lax gun laws. That is cold comfort for those who are mourning their dead. This photo shows a mother and her daughter, two days after the bloodbath, at an improvised memorial to the dead in Newtown.