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Tears and grief as parents bury kids killed at school

AP reports: Parents screamed in anguish and clung to coffins Friday as families began burying 12 children gunned down in the halls of their elementary school. A black police helicopter dropped white rose petals over mourners and a nation was left struggling for answers.

More than a thousand people gathered for the first funerals, held at a cemetery atop a hill overlooking the working-class neighborhood where the school shooting took place a day earlier.

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Relatives mourn the death of 14-year-old Luiza Paula da Silveira Machado during her funeral at the Jardim da Saudade cemetery in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, April 8.

Ten girls and two boys between the ages of 12 and 15 were gunned down, most shot in the head at point-blank range by 23-year-old Wellington Oliveira, who shot and killed himself after being confronted by police. At least 12 other students were injured in the Thursday shooting at the Tasso da Silveira public school. Two are in grave condition.

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A relative mourns over the body of 14-year-old Luiza Paula da Silveira Machado during her funeral at the Jardim da Saudade cemetery in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, April 8. Brazilian tradition stipulates that people be buried the day after their death.

Neighbors wandered past the school in a shocked daze Friday, leaving flowers along the wall of the school in western Rio's working-class Realengo neighborhood. Twelve crosses were left along a wall just outside the school, the name of each child killed written on white pieces of paper above them.

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A girl studies crosses placed in front of the Tasso da Silveira school in memory of the victims of Thursday's shooting in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

The shock of the killings reverberated across Brazil.

"This is completely outside of our reality. This gunman lived in his own sick world and unfortunately brought his ugliness into ours," said Rivaldo Silva, eyes brimming with tears as he looked at newspaper headlines at a newsstand in central Sao Paulo. "I'm certain he was sent straight to Hell."

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Friends of a shooting victim attend a funeral at Jardim da Saudade cemetery on Friday.

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Two women cry in each other's arms while attending the funerals of the 12 children killed the day before in a shooting spree in Rio de Janeiro. Ten girls and two boys between the ages of 12 and 15 were killed by 23-year-old Wellington Oliveira, who shot and killed himself after being confronted by police.

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Relatives mourn after the remains of 13-year-old Laryssa Silva were placed in her tomb at a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro.

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