Kingston, N.H. Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. speaks on his cellphone and relays information to members of the media at police headquarters in Kingston,
Kingston, N.H. Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. speaks on his cellphone and relays information to members of the media at police headquarters in Kingston, N.H., Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, as he talks with part-time Kingston Police Officer James Champion, brother of slain Nancy Lanza. (AP | Elise Amendola)

Relatives of Nancy Lanza were shaken by the death of their sister at the hands of their nephew and struggled on Saturday to find words for their grief.

One brother, Don Champion, told The Denver Post at his home in northern Colorado that "my heart is broken for the victims and their families," but declined to comment further.

Another brother, James Champion, was too distraught to speak to reporters in New Hampshire, releasing a statement from his family through the Rockingham County sheriff instead. Peter Lanza, the father of 20-year-old shooter Adam Lanza, also released a statement.

Members of Lanza's family "share the grief of a community and a nation as we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share," Jim Champion's statement said.

"Our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss. 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 loss of innocence that has affected so many," he wrote.

Nancy Lanza's son, Adam, shot her to death Friday morning at their home. He then drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where he killed six adults and 20 children, before committing suicide.


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Peter Lanza's statement said: "Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. We too are asking why. We have cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so. Like so many of you, we are saddened, but struggling to make sense of what has transpired."