The uncle of the 20-year-old who killed 26 people in a shooting rampage Friday morning at a Connecticut elementary school said the family expresses "our heartfelt sorrow" to the victims' families and community of Newtown.

James Champion, a retired captain and part-time officer with the Kingston Police Department and Rockingham County Sheriff in New Hampshire, issued a statement read by Sheriff Michael Dowling during a press conference. Champion is the brother of Nancy Lanza, who was killed by her son Adam prior to the attack.

In the statement reported by ABC News, Champion said "on behalf of Nancy's mother and siblings we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound innocence that has affected so many the family requests that you respect their privacy during this time of anguish and loss."

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