Families of Sandy Hook victims speak out ahead of massacre anniversary
Monday, December 09, 2013 - 02:17
Dec. 9 - Families unveil new website and call on people to perform acts of kindness. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre last December 14th held a press conference Monday. One after another they took to the microphone to say they will each light a candle in memory of their loved ones who died in the mass school shooting nearly one year ago.
The families also unveiled a new website, MySandyHookFamily.org to honor victims. And they asked that people honor those killed by performing an act of kindness in their memory.
Saturday is the anniversary of the December 14 massacre. Newtown, Connecticut officials are not hosting formal events that day. Officials and families are asking for the media to give the town space as it urges people to mark the date in ways that are quiet and personal.
Gunman Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home, before driving to the school and shot 20 children and six educators to death before turning a gun on himself.
(SOUNDBITE) KRISTA REKOS, MOTHER OF JESSICA REKOS, SAYING:
"In the midst of our grief, we have come to realize we want our loved ones remembered for the lives they lived and how they touched our hearts. We have been uplifted by the support of so many people and we would like to keep that spirit of unity and love alive in all we do to remember those we so dearly miss. It is with this in mind that we have created the MySandyHookFamily.org website."
(SOUNDBITE) JOANNE BACON, MOTHER OF CHARLOTTE BACON, SAYING:
"On the one year mark of this horrific day, we know many people across the country will be thinking of our children and educators so tragically taken from us and wondering how to help. We ask that you consider performing an act of kindness or volunteering with a charitable organization in your own local community. We hope some small measure of good will be added to the world. I'd like to add our family will be lighting a candle on the eve of 12/14, the last night we spent with our sweet Charlotte."
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