(NEWTOWN, Conn.) — As with so many, the ABC family has been touched directly by the tragedy in Sandy Hook.
One of the young victims, Catherine Hubbard, is the niece of an ABC News employee.
Here is a statement from the family:
“We are greatly saddened by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Catherine Violet and our thoughts and prayers are with the other families who have been affected by this tragedy.
“We appreciate the overwhelming support from our community that we have received over the past 24 hours.
“We also wish to express our gratitude for all of the emergency responders who responded to this tragic incident as well as the teachers and staff of Sandy Hook School. Our local police and fire departments and the other agencies who are working on this continuing investigation have been incredible.
“We also want to recognize outstanding work of The Connecticut State Police who have been supporting us from the very beginning of this ordeal and continue to provide unwavering support to our family.
“We have no further statement to make at this time and ask that we be afforded the opportunity to grieve with our friends and family.
“We ask that you continue to pray for us and the other families who have experienced loss in this tragedy.
“Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard”
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