Local leaders released the following statement regarding the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school:

Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans: 'Our hearts are troubled and we are saddened by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School today. Our prayers go out to all the affected families, especially those who lost their children and loved ones in this senseless act of violence upon innocence. This event as well as many within our New Orleans area call us to change this culture of death and violence into one of life and faith with dependence upon God.'

John White, State Superintendent of Education: 'Today's events in Connecticut are unspeakably tragic. There are no words to capture the grief all who know and love the victims must feel. They are also sobering reminders of the fragile nature of life, especially the lives of children. I urge that superintendents, principals, and school boards continue to be vigilant in maintaining crisis management plans and the preparations necessary to implement them.'

Congressman Cedric Richmond: 'I am stunned and appalled at the atrocities that claimed the lives of innocent children and educators in Newtown, Connecticut today. It's hard to find adequate words to console the loved ones and victims during this time of loss, but my thoughts and prayers go out to them. '

'I ask that the state of Louisiana join me in standing with this community in prayer and support in the weeks and days following this horrifying tragedy. It is imperative that we as nation address this insidious trend by working together to prevent these random acts of violence from happening again.'

Senator Mary Landrieu: 'We are all heartbroken by the senseless shooting today in Newtown, Connecticut. The magnitude of this tragedy is incomprehensible, with so many innocent lives lost. To the families and community of Sandy Hook Elementary we share in your grief, and hold you up in our prayers.'

Congressman Steve Scalise: 'Jennifer and I are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy and all of their families,' Scalise said. 'Days like today test our resolve, but the strength of friends and our faith in God will see us through this dark time.'

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees: 'My heart breaks for the families of those killed in Newtown, Conn. It is so senseless. I am angry, disgusted, but most of all extremely sad.'

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