Ryan Lanza, the older brother of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, who was initially misidentified as the shooter, has broken his silence saying he too is a "victim," as he has lost both his mother and a brother that he loved.
"I am a victim. “I loss [sic] my mom and brother." the 24-year-old told The New York Post via Facebook chat on Dec. 22.
According to TMZ, Ryan's Facebook page now hosts a mini tribute to his mother and brother.
He posted a photo of his 52-year-old mother, who was the first victim of Adam's violent rampage. “I miss you mom. I love you so much. You will be always in my heart," he wrote.
Lanza also posted a photo of his younger brother, Adam. "R.I.P. I will miss you bro. I will always love you as long as I live," he said.
The Post also notes that Ryan responded to a Facebook post wishing that his brother "rot in hell" ... saying, "I am so tired of people blaming me for something my brother did. I love Adam ... But you have no right to call my brother names when he isn’t here no more. Just let my brother rest in peace. Please. Respect that." And he told The Post, "he is calling my brother a monster when he don't even know him."
In the weeks to come, the relationship between Ryan and his brother is one that will undoubtedly come under scrutiny as experts and authorities try to piece together a motive of why Adam Lanza, 20, shot and killed his mother Nancy Lanza, then drove to Sandy Hook School where he slaughtered 20 children and six staffers before turning the gun on himself, taking his own life.
A number of media outlets wrongly identified Ryan Lanza as the shooter because his brother had been carrying his identification during his killing spree.
Former Jersey Journal staff writer Brett Wilshe, a friend of Ryan Lanza's, told the AP that he sent Ryan a Facebook message Friday asking what was going on and if he was alright.
According to Wilshe, Lanza's reply was something along the lines of: "It was my brother. I think my mother is dead. Oh my God."
Part of the reason why Ryan was ruled out as a suspect in the shooting was because Lanza told law enforcement he had not been in touch with his brother since about 2010.