Ryan Lanza Responds on Facebook After Media Erroneously Reports Him as Sandy Hook Killer

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Ryan Lanza is already grieving and no doubt floored by the deaths of his brother, Adam Lanza, their mother Nancy and the 26 other people Adam killed yesterday.

As if that weren't enough to process, he was erroneously named as the man responsible for the Connecticut shooting by overzealous media outlets at first.

Ryan Lanza Picture

Many TV news outlets and websites were scrambling after reporting Ryan Lanza, 24, was the shooter, even though state and federal officials did not confirm this.

It is now believed that Adam Lanza, 20, had an ID of Ryan's on him, leading to the initial confusion. But for Ryan, it made for an interesting few hours at work.

Ryan, 24, has worked at Ernst & Young in New Jersey for four years, following in the footsteps of his father, a former partner in the large accounting firm.

Ryan was at work yesterday and not a suspect in the case for even an instant, but news outlets claimed his killed 26 people in Newtown, Conn.

Some even splashed his photo on screen.

Not surprisingly, he was inundated with posts, texts and calls, after which someone began posting on his Facebook page (presumably Ryan) that he is NOT the killer.

Ryan Lanza Facebook

Because he was not involved whatsoever, it's unclear if he realized his brother was involved at the time the media was initially reporting the story.

NBC, one of, if not the first to report Ryan's involvement, later said that an ID bearing his name on Adam's person made them believe Ryan Lanza was the culprit.

Not the case, clearly.

In any case, it's the last thing Ryan and Peter Lanza care about now. They are said to be "in shock" over what happened, much like the rest of the nation and world.

Both spoke to the FBI in Hoboken, N.J., but "are not suspects, they have no involvement," a source says. Ryan, the source adds, is as clean as they come.

The Lanza brothers' parents are divorced, and Adam lived with mother Nancy in the same town where the massacre - one of the worst in U.S. history - took place.

It is believed the guns used were registered in her name.

The first Adam Lanza photos were released to the media last night, along with a portrait of a young man whose troubles apparently went unrecognized.

"It looks like there's mental history there," a law enforcement source says.


To the Lanza Family: I realize words can not express the loss, grieving and shock you are going through, but know that you are in many peoples thoughts and hearts all over the country with hope for your healing.


To the Lanza family: I am so sorry for the loss and heartache you are all going through. I am sending you my love and keeping you in my prayers. May God give you the strength and courage to face these trying times.


I am in shock and it does not seem possible that the shootings in CT could possibly. My heart goes out to all of those effective and to othe town in general. However, I know that you and your dad are in mourning also and I cannot imagine the heartache that the two of you and other family members are going thru. My prayers are with all of you as well as the victims in CT.


My heartfelt condolences to Ryan Lanza and his family for having to endure this horrific tragedy. God be with you and give you peace.


This Facebook crap is a biproduct of how isolated people have become in this society. People start and finsh relationships " IN PRINT" rather than face 2 face dialog. For some reason it's important to this Generation to announce daily events as if everyone's life depended on any given personnel information. People need to quit watching the trash on TV and get your face away from the computer. To many can't even have a conversation without a Keyboard in front of them.


well, he looks pretty strange.

@ baja

I see you look so strange that you won't even let your picture be published. PS; Your post is just plain stupid.


Lets get with the facts here, if a member of my family had done something like this the last thing I'd be worried about is posting on Facebook! It beggars belief but maybe that's how society is now.

@ S. Ramsay

Did you read the story? At the time he posted he didn't know that his brother had done it.


The media needs to take responsibility and do research first before releasing names. At the same time people shouldn't spam the person with hate.


Why did not the father and brother keep in touch with this sick brother. Oh right thrown him on society.

@ carol Hoousendove

I agree. Ryan has stated that his brother had some mental issues and that he hasn't spoken to him since 2010. I just wonder if it's been that long since the Dad has spoken to him to? How sad! You KNOW your family member has mental issues, yet you don't speak to them for years?! No wonder this kid was messed up. He obviously needed his brother if he's hung on to an ID for the past few years.

@ ShellB

You have absolutely no idea what the dynamic of the family is. How do you know his brother / mother didn't withdraw from him in their own right and not let him in? Have you ever thought he hung onto the ID for a purpose just like this, not because he gave two shits about his brother? Lets focus on the fact that Ryan has been falsely accused after having his brother kill his mother and multiple innocent people rather than attack him for reasons we have no information about.

@ carol Hoousendove

becaues he was to busy playing with mom while daddy and other son were busy trying to uphold society norms. I'm sure she did the best she could but it seems dad did better.


the media needs to learn personal responsibility in releasing names. there is no reason this person should have been searched on the internet and his picture shown by every news outlet when it wasn't him.

@ marion

yes, exactly right. but the media won't learn to do their due diligence until they are litigated out of business, and/or until listeners, readers and advertisers refuse to finance their frequent and sometimes fatal errors. since corporations now have the rights of individuals, let them have the responsibilities which means they can't hide behind the company seal, the entire company ought to be liable for damaging errors. the story was still unfolding as every media source i checked on television mis stated not only his name but several other facts. what was the rush? you mean the story wasn't bloody enough to lead as it unfolded that reporters had to compete for first to say 'who done it?' if the police don't know and are still investigating how could they? 'what a bad way to live...'

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