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Body of Conn. shooter's mother may be claimed by NH funeral home

Union Leader Correspondent

December 19. 2012 3:48PM

KINGSTON - Plans may be in the works to bring the body of Connecticut school shooter Adam Lanza's mother back to her grieving family in New Hampshire, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

The New Haven (Conn.) Register reported that Nancy Lanza's body would be claimed by a funeral home in New Hampshire. The paper quoted Connecticut's Chief State Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver as saying that an out-of-state funeral home wants to claim the body "discreetly."

He said he didn't know the name of the funeral home.

Representatives from Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home in Plaistow and Brewitt Funeral Home in Epping, Exeter, and Raymond, told the New Hampshire Union Leader that their facilities haven't been contacted by Lanza's family.

According to the New Haven Register, Carver wrote in an email, "The police in New Hampshire are already trying to control an ever-expanding cohort from the fourth estate."

It's not known whether the same funeral home would also claim the body of her 20-year-old son, Adam Lanza, the man accused of murdering 20 young children and six adults before turning the gun on himself in a shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday.

Nancy Lanza, 54, was the first of her son's victims. She was shot and killed at their Newtown home before he drove to the elementary school, authorities have said.

Lanza, whose maiden name was Champion, grew up in Kingston and was the sister of Kingston police Officer James Champion. Her mother and other siblings and family members have gathered at Champion's Kingston home in the days since the shooting.

Carver, the Connecticut medical examiner, did not respond to an email from the New Hampshire Union Leader seeking confirmation of the report concerning plans for Lanza's body. When the paper contacted his office, a representative said the office wasn't allowed to discuss funeral arrangements and could only comment on the cause and manner of death.

Kingston Police Chief Donald Briggs Jr., who knew Lanza and has been in contact with her family, said he has not been made aware of any funeral arrangements.

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