IOCC Mourns Loss of Life in Connecticut
Shooting – Offers Resources

December 15, 2012

People gather for a prayer vigil at St Rose Church following an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2012, where a young gunman slaughtered 20 small children and six teachers. photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images
"IOCC joins with all Orthodox Christians and Americans in mourning the senseless loss of lives in yesterday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut," stated Constantine M. Triantafilou, IOCC Executive Director. "We not only pray for the repose for those whose lives were tragically taken, but also their families and all those impacted by this horrific event."

Click here to download a guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the federal government containing tips on how to talk to children and youth in the wake of such a disaster.

IOCC has also activated its Frontline trauma counseling responders and plans to deploy a team in the coming days to the immediately impacted area in Connecticut.

You can help the victims of disasters in the United States, like the shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut, by making a financial gift to the United States Emergency Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, trauma counseling, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, Md. 21297-0429.

IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered more than $400 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in 50 countries. IOCC is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media contact: Rada K. Tierney, IOCC Media Relations, 443-823-3489,

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