Nancy J. Lanza, mother of suspected mass shooter Adam Lanza, was one of the 26 victims of the mass shooting on Friday. Handout/Courtesy of family of Nancy Lanza via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Handout/Courtesy of family of Nancy Lanza via Getty Images The Two-Way Nancy Lanza, Gunman's Mother: From 'Charmed Upbringing' To First Victim December 18, 2012 The woman who grew up as "Beanie" in her New Hampshire hometown became known to friends in Newtown, Conn., as a warm, generous person. She was also, they say, very private about her home life. On Friday, police say, her 20-year-old son killed her. Then he stormed an elementary school.