heartrending / heartbreaking

  1. What they did to the kidnapped child was horrible, cruel, and heartrending.
  2. The story of children who lost their lives in the car crash is the most heartbreaking.
    Please correct the above.
    Thanks.
  1. What they did to the kidnapped child was horrible, cruel and heartrending. <-- overstated somewhat. I would leave out 'horrible as the other elements cover that aspect.
  2. The story of children who lost their lives in the car crash is the most heartbreaking.