The world was shocked and saddened today after at least one gunman opened fire in a Connecticut elementary school killing a reported 27 people, many of them young children. 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey have always been outspoken during difficult times, and this most recent tragedy has had a profound affect on all of them, especially given that many of the H’wives have young children of their own.

Below is a roundup of thoughts and condolences they shared via Twitter.

Jacqueline Laurita: What the hell is wrong w/ pple?How can any1 go into a school & shoot up lil' kids or any1 4 that matter?Something is terribly wrong w/these pple.”

Prayers, strength & hugs to those families in CT who lost their children. I'm sickened by all of this. XOXO!”

I'm so sad for these victims and their families in CT today. Breaks my heart. WHY did this tragedy have to happen? Prayers,strength,hugs!XO”

Melissa Gorga“Omg. Just heard the news. Heartbreaking. My heart & prayers go out to Sandy Hook Elementary #PrayForNewtown.”

Teresa Giudice“On days like this, we should hug our children just a little bit tighter.”

Caroline Manzo“school shooting in Connecticut is heartbreaking - poor little babies - may God be with them all.”

Kathy Wakile“My thoughts & prayers go out to all of the families in Connecticut affected by today's tragedy. #PrayForNewtown.”