UPDATE: A spokesman for the Lanza family says an imposter is behind Ryan Lanza’s Facebook page and that Ryan did not post the messages in this story.
Original story below:
Ryan Lanza, the brother of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza has broken his silence following the Newtown tragedy which resulted in the death of his brother and mother. His first words come via social media.
Newtown killer Adam Lanza, who shot dead his mother, six other adults and 20 children, is badly missed by his brother.
“I am a victim,” Ryan Lanza, 24, told The Post yesterday in a Facebook chat. “I loss [sic] my mom and brother.”
In a Facebook photo tribute, Ryan Lanza shared a smiling image of his younger brother, Adam (top photo), lounging in a long-sleeved shirt and a pullover tee.
“R.I.P.,” he wrote.
“I will miss you bro. I will always love you as long as I live,” Lanza posted.
Lanza also posted a picture of his mother, Nancy, 52 (bottom photo). In it, she looks carefree as she sweeps blonde curls away from her eyes and laughs.
“I miss you mom. I love you so much. You will be always in my heart,” he wrote.
Adam Lanza sprayed bullets into his sleeping mother’s head before he massacred 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He killed himself as cops moved in.
Ryan Lanza, who once attended Sandy Hook, grieved on Facebook for his brother’s youngest victims.
“You all will be truly be missed,” he wrote. “God Bless.”
Lanza has joined Facebook victim groups as well as groups that support him called “Support Ryan Lanza” and “Clear Ryan Lanza’s Name.”
A number of media outlets wrongly identified Lanza as the shooter because his brother had been carrying his identification during his killing spree.
On Lanza’s Facebook page, one poster wrote that Adam Lanza deserved to “rot in hell” and was the “scum of the earth.”
Ryan Lanza responded sharply to the post.
“I am so tired of people blaming me for something my brother did. I love Adam, his [sic] my brother,” he wrote.
“But you have no right to call my brother names when he isn’t here no more. Just let my brother rest in peace. Please. Respect that.”
Lanza, who lives in Hoboken, told The Post that a Facebook “friend” who said his brother should “rot in hell” was a stranger.
“He is calling my brother a monster when he don’t even know him,” Lanza said.