President Obama: 'Our hearts are broken today'

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, delivered an emotional address, even pausing to wipe away tears, in the wake of what could be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting.

Twenty-six victims, most of them young children, were killed when a man opened fire at Connecticut elementary school Friday.

The suspect, identified by a law-enforcement official as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"As a country, we have been through this too many times," Obama said hours after the shooting, listing some of America's tragedies, including the recent mall shooting in Oregon and movie theater shooting in Colorado.

"This evening Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug out children a little tighter," Obama said. "And we'll tell them that we love them."

Click the video above to watch Obama's entire address.

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