Families of Newtown Victims Honor Their Loved Ones on 60 MINUTES This Sunday
Families of the victims massacred by a madman more than four years ago in a Connecticut grammar school still mourn the loss of their loved ones, but some are finding ways to keep their memories alive in legacy foundations they've created in their names. Scott Pelley returns to Newtown to report on the human impact of the school shooting that took the lives of 20 first-graders and six educators and shocked the nation in December 2012. Pelley's report will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, April 16 (7:00-8:00PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.An excerpt from the story will appear tonight on the CBS EVENING NEWS. Text of that excerpt and a link to its video are below. Please credit 60 MINUTES. A PARENT WHO HAS LOST A CHILD HAS ONE FEAR LEFT-THE END OF REMEMBERING. AND SO MANY OF THE FAMILIES HAVE CREATED PROJECTS THAT INTRODUCE THEIR CHILD TO NEW PEOPLE. BEN WHEELER NOW LIVES IN THE WORK OF BEN'S LIGHTHOUSE, HIS MOTHER, FRANCINE, CREATES SERVICE PROJECTS FOR NEWTOWN KIDS. WHEELER: What a wonderful way to honor him and continue to be his parents. PELLEY: Continue to be his parents? WHEELER: Yeah. I can't live the rest of my life not talking about him. I mean, imagine you having a 6-year-old, and then you don't anymore. Are you going to stop talking about them? The worst thing you can do to a grieving parent is not to mention the child. Then you're not acknowledging his existence. And so when people do acknowledge it, I'm so appreciative. I say, "Oh, thank you for-" and even if I'm crying, they're like, "I'm sorry I made you cry." I'm like, "No, you didn't make me cry. You brought him back." DAVID WHEELER: It's like having him back for a minute. FRANCINE WHEELER: Yeah... THE WHEELERS WANTED ANOTHER CHILD, A SIBLING FOR THEIR OLDEST. AND ALMOST TWO YEARS AFTER BEN WAS KILLED, MATTHEW BENNETT WHEELER WAS BORN. WHEELER: You try to make the world into the place you want it to be and many times the only area you have any control over is THE SQUARE footage of your own house. And so you do what you can. Follow 60 MINUTES on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.