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Andy Murray’s message to Newtown families in wake of shooting

Third seed: British number one Andy Murray. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Third seed: British number one Andy Murray. Picture: Ian Rutherford

TENNIS star Andy Murray has told the US community at the heart of the school killings tragedy that it can learn from Dunblane on how to overcome the murderous event in which 20 children and six teachers died.

Murray, who survived the 1996 Dunblane school massacre in which 16 primary one pupils and their teacher were killed by gunman Thomas Hamilton, said lessons could be learnt in Newtown, Connecticut, from how the Scottish town coped with the atrocity. “Our community is ­extremely strong,” he said in an interview with an American TV channel.

“If the masses come together and try create a positive atmosphere, that’s the, 
I guess, the best way, to 
deal with it, but nothing is easy.”

The US Open champion, currently in winter training in Florida, was an eight-year-old pupil at the Stirlingshire school when the massacre happened.

Last week, Murray sent a poignant message to the families of the American victims. Murray wrote on Facebook: “My heart goes out to all those poor children and their ­families; so, so sad.”

 
 
 

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