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Online Card For Newtown Picks Up 1.7m Signatures

A shaken Internet rushed to offer a virtual show of support for the Connecticut community.

Online Card For Newtown Picks Up 1.7m Signatures

A day after the Newtown elementary school shooting incident, a man called David Paine put up a condolence card on the website, addressed to the community.

"We wish to express our deepest sympathies to all of the families of those lost, to the survivors and their families, and to the others impacted by the senseless and unthinkable tragedy that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School," it says. "We cannot begin to comprehend the depth of your sadness and grief. Please know that we care deeply for you and we join with you in sharing your sorrow and pain. We only hope that you receive some measure of comfort in the knowledge that we, and an entire nation, stand with you during this extraordinarily difficult time."

The card has now picked up more than 1.7 million signatures from around the world, after crossing a million postings in 24 hours. It's been shared on Facebook almost 4 million times. The New York Times reports that it's the largest gathering of signatures on the website.

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