(TELEGRAPH) — Ryan Lanza, the brother of the gunman that perpetrated the Sandy Hook elementary school killings, has reportedly said that he is a victim of the tragedy.

The 24-year-old posted an online tribute to his dead brother, saying that he mourned his loss and defended him against those who said he should “rot in hell”.

“I am a victim,” said Mr Lanza, 24, in a Facebook interview reported by the New York Post after he had posted a smiling photograph of his younger brother, Adam, adding: “I loss [sic] my mom and brother.”

“R.I.P.,” he wrote beneath the photograph of Adam, “I will miss you bro. I will always love you as long as I live.”

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