Ryan Lanza, Wrongly Named As Mass Murderer, Left To Grieve

Hoboken man learns his brother killed 27 people, including their mother.


Ryan Lanza was at his job in Manhattan on Friday when news outlets began to report that he had massacred 20 school children in Newtown.

The reports said Lanza, a 24-year-old Quinnipiac University graduate, had murdered someone in his Hoboken apartment and then drove to Newtown, Conn., where he used a .223 caliber rifle to kill 27 people before turning the gun on himself.

The dead included his mother, Nancy, a kindergarten teacher.

Lanza's thoughts quickly went to his developmentally disabled younger brother, Adam, who he began to fear may have been responsible for the violence at Sandy Hook elementary school, friends said.

As media reports continued to name Ryan Lanza as the shooter and plastered his face across world, he took to Facebook and told friends he was not the man responsible for the brutal slaying.

"Oh my god, I think my mother is dead," he wrote, a friend told Patch.

Ryan Lanza and his roommate were being questioned Friday night at Hoboken Police headquarters. Neither have been charged with any crime, Hoboken Police Captain Jim Fitzsimmons said.

"Ryan is in shock," a close friend, Brett Wilshe, told Patch.

Lanza works at a financial company in the city, Ernst & Young, and lives in a five-story brick building on Grand Street, known as "The Metropolitan."

Media outlets quickly scrambled to "The Metropolitan," where Hoboken police gathered with FBI agents. Initial reports said that someone was killed at the apartment and that Lanza's girlfriend was missing. As curiosity grew from onlookers and media members, police draped yellow police tape around the perimeter, closing both sides of Grand Street just after 2:30 p.m.

No bodies were found inside the building, Fitzsimmons said.

Lanza was planning to head to Connecticut after hearing about the shooting, friends told Patch.

Those who know the Hobokenite, described as "nice" and committed to his friends, were also shocked by the news.

"At first you're devastated that 30 people were shot to death," friend Katie Colaneri told Patch. "And then you find out it's someone that you know, that you've met, that you've hugged. And you don't know whether to feel angry or sad. You find out your friend is alive but caught up in this mess. It's incredible."

"He's not a guy capable of shooting up a school," another friend of Ryan's told Patch Friday afternoon.

Andrea Manna December 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I agree with you. There is too much evil in this world, it needs to go and keep the innocent safe.
mkmk989@gmail.com December 15, 2012 at 11:27 PM
"If we found anyone that was in the woods cutting wood, they were going to be, they would be detained pending the investigation. So there were no other arrests that were associated with this investigation that occurred." Lt. J. Paul Vance, Media Relations Commander, Connecticut State Police What about this arrest detailed by a witness at the scene (see link below)? Who is he? What is his occupation? Why was he at the school? What did he say while detained? Who issued his "get-out-of-jail-free" card? Why is the media ignoring it? http://bit.ly/W9rNyE Families of the deceased, you are the only ones with the voice and the standing to ask the question. Ask it on live TV so you cannot be edited out. The 20 year old autistic kid didn't kill 26 people in two minutes. Demand that they find out who did.
Pamela December 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM
I agree with you mkmk. i followed the link. There has been nothing said about this. i also agree that 20 children could not be shot execution style in 2 minutes. It was reported in one of the articles on HuffPost that the children were shot execution style. One thing we do know - it was not his brother Ryan. He was at work when it happened.
Donna Harris December 16, 2012 at 12:34 AM
He just lost his mother. And his brother just murdered 20 children all under the age of 7 and is now dead too, leaving him unable to get answers or EVER find out for sure what happened. I doubt he's thinking about suing the police. I think I read somewhere that the shooter was carrying his brother Ryan's I.D. It seems what's needed right now quite simply is compassion.
Sharon Helmer December 16, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Prayers for Ryan. May his family & friends give him the support he needs
Willi Johnson December 16, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Everyone need to pray for all that are affected by this tragedy, It inpacts more than we know on a lot of people. It brings back so many memory for those that have had a lost. Continue to pray for all.
Donna Harris December 16, 2012 at 02:28 AM
That's insane. "...the messiah is a Demon" ???!!??!?!?! The shooter was developmentally disabled. The weapons were purchased legally. Parts of our world are going crazy. And now it sounds as though you're talking crazy!!!
PAT CIRIELLO December 16, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I believe the entire nation mourns for these family and the father and brother who loss their mother and brother and are in anguish over this crime. I think of the parents being reminded of their loss every time they see a family with children or children playing so many reminders. How I pray with every ounce of breath that this terrible event will bring some good that evil will not win may God's everlasting strenght uphold these dear families and friends I pray that we all come together and unite and support these beautiful families. Words fall short how can any one truly understand their sorrow. My HEARTFELT PRAYERS and tears God bless and keep you.
linda burris December 16, 2012 at 04:22 AM
i agree pamela. some people just have no common sense.
linda burris December 16, 2012 at 04:29 AM
well said Darla. my heart goes out to all the innocent victims and their families and the family of the shooter too. It is not their fault that this tragedy occurred. My love and prayers to all.
Vetters December 16, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Sorry Ryan for your loss
Vivian December 16, 2012 at 02:36 PM
It is so easy to sit in our homes, watch the news and criticize the way the police handled the misinformation in regards to Ryan Lanza in the first beginnings of this tragedy but it was also reported that Adam was carrying Ryan's driver's license so that would lead to a mis-identification. None of the people that have voted for those that demand God be kept out of our schools is blameless in this. Then you dare ask, where God is??? He's always given US a choice and in taking Him out of our schools you have placed Him on a shelf. Maybe if Christians were more God-like and non-believers would ask God back into our schools, offices and homes, there would be a severe cutback in the evil that is permeating this great country. Can't you see that the further we get away from God, the more "bad" things happen?
linda burris December 16, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I could not agree with you more. At last it is good to know that some have not taken the name CHRIST out of the word Christian. So many today have and they, by the grace of God, will someday understand his love and the fact he works in mysterious ways.
Dorothy December 17, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Dorothy So many people are turning away from our Lord, Jesus Christ. They are looking to there only understanding given to them by Satan!!! He (Satan) is working triple time to get as many souls away from God as he can, because he knows his time is soon coming to an end!!!! There is so much evil in this world now just as it was in biblical times, but we need to know that God is still in control and while we don't know the reason why things like this happen, we must believe that victory will be ours (True believers) who's Heart longs for our Lord!!! We as Christian's need to become united in our trust, hope and belief, and help in the Lord, Jesus Christ, for He is the only one that will begin us through. My prayers are with all the families who lost their loved ones, and all the others who will live with this lost, may God comfort you all, give the strength to carry on. It will not be easy, but trust in the Lord. May Gods blessings be with us all, may his love and peace, his grace be with us now, oh dear Lord especially now!!!
crisine December 17, 2012 at 03:49 AM
we do need to learn from this. the mother had way to many guns in the house. only 1 was neeeded for self defense and the others were not hunting gear. so how are they justified? we need stricter gun control. There would be no dead or less dead if there was.
Gretagarbo123 December 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Yes. I was appalled at the misinformation that was being released by the media. Talk about a pack of jackals. You are so right - the leakers are only looking to play the bigshots. Someday this practice is going to get another innocent person killed. If the police find out who the leakers are they should be punished or fired. Leaking information can completely destroy a court case (not in this instance, but in others).
charles December 17, 2012 at 08:13 PM
maybe now they will ban thoses kind of guns im very sad about what happen its time to make the world safe for everone
Joshua December 17, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I just wish people would show a bit more compassion than trying to press religious, political, or conspiracy views. I don't care about which faith or whether we should be pro or anti gun control. These are human beings. And most of them were young, innocent children. I don't even have any children yet, and it breaks my heart. I just hope that the families of those who lost loved ones can make it though the pain and grief. I wish there was something that I could do or say, but I imagine that no words could lessen what these poor families are going through.
Eat Crow December 18, 2012 at 04:00 PM
@andre, what is wrong with the comment? Christmas is supposed to be a joyous time of year. If you don't celebrate it, so be it. No one cares.
Carmela Robustelli Matos December 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Sue the media that allowed him to squeal and put it out there without the facts...the media will be this worlds destruction
hockey December 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM
You sound like a fanatical nut.
hockey December 26, 2012 at 10:41 PM
You cannot compare 9-11 to what has happened at Sandy Hook Elementary. World "leaders" did not fly the planes nor did they shoot the gun. A mentally disabled boy shot these children and adults. The media falsely accused the brother in their haste to get the story out. Come on people, have compassion for the victims and stop with the crazy, fanatical comments. Please. It is time for comforting people, not scaring them with crazy rantings.
hockey December 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM
You are exactly right. That is what all of us should be feeling and saying. Now we just need to know how to help survivors.
Ralph December 28, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Crudely stated put but unfortunetly very accurate.
Craig Zac January 24, 2013 at 01:30 PM
why would the country murder 26 people, mostly kids, and frame a mental person as the culprit just to take away our guns? its the government...like it or not, if they want our guns, they will get our guns! They dont need to sneak around useing black ops or any of that TV / movie fantasy BS... or ask us politely for our guns, When the time comes for them to want all our guns they will vote it into law, tell us we have 1 year to turn in all weapons and ammo then they will go to the homes of every registered weapons owners home and search for guns. after that, anyone caught with one will be punished however they see fit, prison, heavy fines what ever... but to say this government needs to sneak around and commit these acts from behind a curtain is just plain silly. you forget who you are talking about, this is the government of the USA, they could care less about our feelings, if they want it, they will go get it no matter what.
Alex January 24, 2013 at 02:34 PM
This is what happens when outsiders post on a website that is spefically meant for people who live in Newtown. If you think this didn't actually happen, or that there was some "conspiracy," then your either delusional or an idiot. See the members of our grieving community with your own eyes before you make an idiotic post. Or a better idea, and I think I speak for all Newtowners when I say this......go away, and post on your own news websites.
Craig Zac January 24, 2013 at 02:37 PM
thats another thing...all these nuts who are saying the greiving parents are paid actors and all those who harrassed that guy who took in the kids till police arrived... whats wrong with all of you? Do you really thinnk that would fly with the people of the town? that they dont know whos who and whats what? really? Paid actors? and their "Evidence" is so flimsy that if this were a trial and they were the attourney and introduced this so called "Evidence" the Judge would likly stand up, take out his own machine gun and shoot them just for bringing stupidity into the courtroom!
G January 25, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Speaking of conspiracy theorists, Sheila is back! Really Sheila? Didn't I already thank you for the teddy bear you dropped off at one of the makeshift memorials? Would you like your bear back? I'd be happy to buy you a new one if it will keep you off this site. I'm with Alex T on this one. This is not the forum for your ideas. Please find someplace else to espouse you theories.
G January 25, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Sheila - You've made more than enough posts about Gene Rosen and how everyone in the town of Newtown is, in your words, "nuts"!!
unknownauthor January 25, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Ryan sorry for your loss


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