Final resting place of Newtown gunman a mystery

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James Fox, a professor of criminology at Northeastern University, said it is not unusual for notorious criminals to be buried in undisclosed locations to keep away the media, protesters and potential vandals. He said there could be an increased risk of a grave site becoming a target in Lanza’s case because he took his own life and was not punished.

“There is the potential for people to express anger, hostility, rage at the symbol of a person’s grave if it were known,” he said.

In a statement issued a day after the Newtown massacre, Peter Lanza said the family was struggling to make sense of what happened and “trying to find whatever answers we can.” He also expressed sympathy for the victims’ families.

• Associated Press writer Pat Eaton-Robb contributed to this article from Newtown.

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