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Bishop T.D. Jakes was out of the country at a pastors and leadership conference in Brazil, about 3 hours outside of São Paulo, when news of the horrific Sandy Hook elementary school massacre broke on Dec. 14. But during 9 a.m. Sunday service at the Potter’s House, the Dallas mega pastor shared his thoughts with the congregation.

“I was very, very hurt,” Jakes said of the moment he learned a gunman went on a deadly shooting spree inside the Newtown, Connecticut school house.

Law enforcement officials have identified the gunman as 20-year-old Adam Lanza who murdered his mother at home, killed 20 students and 6 adults inside Sandy Hook, and later took his own life.

The tragedy “shook not only this nation but people all over the world,” noted Jakes, adding, “In the midst of the holidays, what a difficult thing to have to deal with. It’s such a devastating thing to go through.”

CNN reports that all the victims died from gunshot wounds and were struck more than once, according to H. Wayne Carver II, chief medical examiner for the state of Connecticut.

“Continue to lift those families up in prayer,” admonished Jakes, who also told parents to instill in their own children “a healthy wariness of strangers.”

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