Chili Peppers, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys Mourn Newtown School Shooting Victims

Musicians express distraught over violence in Connecticut

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December 14, 2012 6:10 PM ET

In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut – which left 27 people dead, 20 of them children ages 5 through 10 – many have taken to Twitter to express their grief. Here are some of the comments from the musical community.

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