KINGSTON, N.H. — More than 100 family and friends gathered at a church in a small New Hampshire town Saturday to remember the woman whose son killed 20 first-graders and six educators in a Connecticut elementary school last year.
The mourners and a few musicians filed into the white clapboarded First Congregational Church in Kingston for the memorial of Nancy Lanza, the first victim of her son Adam's rampage. She was fatally shot in their home before he entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14. He killed himself as police closed in.
More than a dozen police officers from several agencies blocked the street and guarded the church door, ensuring only friends and family were allowed into the service. Nancy Lanza grew up in New Hampshire and lived there before moving to Newtown in 1998.
Lanza's brother, James Champion, is a Kingston police officer and still lives in the town.
A lone police bagpiper played as the processional arrived and lined up outside the church to enter together. Media outlets were kept across the street and behind yellow tape, and mourners declined to talk to reporters.
A few people wiped their eyes as they left the church.
Adam Lanza's father claimed his remains and a family spokesman said there were private arrangements, but the burial location was not made public.
A private funeral attended by about 25 people was held for Nancy Lanza in Kingston on Dec. 20.