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15 December 2012, 08:27
Stars from the music world have been taking to Twitter to offer their thoughts and condolences after 20 children murdered.
Rihanna and Justin Timberlake are among the stars who have been leading the prayers from the musical world to the families of the victims of yesterday's (14th December) shooting in Connecticut.
27 were left dead, including a total of 20 children in what has been described as one of the worst shooting incidents in US history.
The events took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, and is believed to have been carried out by 20 year-old Adam Lanza.
Rihanna was one of the first to take to Twitter to offer her thoughts to the "little angels" who sadly lost their lives and asked for mercy.
"These poor victims!! Just little angels!! Pray for their families and the victims still fighting for their," she tweeted. "God have mercy!!!! No one deserves this! Praying for the families of the victims of the Connecticut shooting!! What a Christmas it will be."
Will.i.am, who has been in the UK filming the new series of The Voice UK, added: "Where is the love [?] I can't believe this type of evil can happen...why would anyone kill children???...#protectchildrennotguns."
He also tweeted: "I am so sad right now...I can't believe the evil in people...how can someone kill[?] Let alone teachers & children.. #LETusALLpray."
Justin Timberlake retweeted several messages of condolence from fans before he wrote: "So saddened by this horrific tragedy in CT. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all of those affected by it. Hug a loved one."
Boy band stars Niall Horan from One Direction and Tom Parker of The Wanted also added their thoughts, tweeting: "Thoughts and prayers with the families of the children from todays events! so sad ! #PrayForNewtown," and "Horrific events unfolding at a school in America today. Thoughts are with the families right now x]" respectively.
Mother of two Britney Spears was also vocal on her social networking feed.
She tweeted: "My heart is with the children and families of Connecticut today... #PrayForNewton."
Jingle Bell Ball star Bruno Mars was also "sickened" by the events transpiring in the US.
He added: "Sickened by this horrible news in Connecticut. My prayers are with those families."
Justin Bieber wrote: "heard about what happened in CT, my prayers go out to all those suffering in this tragedy. it'ss just wrong. Everyone please pray for them."
US President Obama called for "meaningful action" against gun crime as he gave a tearful speech on the massacre as he spoke of his "overwhelming grief" for the victims and their families.
He said: "As a country we have been through this too many times."
Jessie J also took to Twitter this weekend after hearing the tragic news and says she has been "praying" for the familes of those lost in the Newtown shooting this.
"I am praying tonight for all the lives lost and everyone effected by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary," the 'Domino' singer posted. "My heart sinks at the thought of all the innocent lives taken so young. RIP angels x."
The gun attack is the third major incident of its kind in 2012 following a cinema shooting at a cinema screening of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado and an attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.