NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — The parents of one of the 20 first-graders killed in the Newtown, Conn., school massacre say they met with the gunman’s father for over an hour in an effort bring some closure to the tragedy.
Alissa Parker told “CBS This Morning” that she wanted to meet with Adam Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza, to tell him “something” she needed to get out of her system.
“I felt very motivated to do it and … I felt really good about it, I prayed about it, and it was something that I needed to do,” Parker said, adding that the meeting “was kind of my doing.”
Robbie Parker told CBS that the family has experienced a “little bit of everything” since they lost their 6-year-old daughter Emile in December.
“You know, you went from the absolute worst experience that you could ever imagine to have to go through as a parent … and being overwhelmed with that sense of grief and loss to, on the other end of the spectrum, you’re being completely overwhelmed with outpouring of love and support from so many people and everything that kinda falls in between,” he said.
It was unclear what they discussed or when the meeting took place. CBS plans to show the rest of the interview with Alissa and Robbie Parker on Friday morning, revealing more details about their meeting with Peter Lanza.
They tell CBS they wanted to ask Peter Lanza about his son’s medical history and other issues.
Adam Lanza killed 26 people total in December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He also killed his mother Nancy Lanza before going to the school.
Vice President Joe Biden and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will meet with the families of Newtown victims Thursday.
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