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Father of Sandy Hook victim honors young son's short life

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 - 02:02

Dec. 10 - The family of Daniel Barden creates foundation calling for compassion and for parents to unite to fight gun violence. Jennifer Davis reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) MARK BARDEN, DANIEL BARDEN'S FATHER SAYING: "A lot of the memories are happy. We're still sort of new at this. It's still so early on that it's hard not to.. it's hard not to get caught up in the grief. That that's all they are are memories." And those memories are so very fresh for Mark Barden leading up to the one year anniversary of the December 14th massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults - including his 7-year-old son Daniel. (SOUNDBITE) MARK BARDEN, DANIEL BARDEN'S FATHER SAYING: "Daniel was... Daniel was just a constant light, a constant light of positive, happy energy, always and everywhere he went." Mark now honors his son through the family's personal foundation website - 'What Would Daniel Do.' They created it to inspire others to help Daniel's empathy, compassion and happiness live on. (SOUNDBITE) MARK BARDEN, DANIEL BARDEN'S FATHER SAYING: "I mean if you go on that 'What Would Daniel Do' website and look at those pictures of him, he's just smiling and having a great time and touching everybody with his little sparkle, constantly. And he's either smiling or hugging somebody or both in all of those pictures. And that is literally how he lived his life." Barden and other families of those killed in the shooting attack are also appealing for unity with a campaign called "Parent Together" - which seeks to implement strategies to identify mental illness early, promote gun safety and combat social isolation in communities and schools. (SOUNDBITE) MARK BARDEN, DANIEL BARDEN'S FATHER SAYING: "We would like Sandy Hook to be known as the place where real change, real positive, meaningful transformation began, not as a place of this horrible tragedy." But most of all, Mark Barden says he is committed to honoring his son by making sure his short life inspires others for a very long time. (SOUNDBITE) MARK BARDEN, DANIEL BARDEN'S FATHER SAYING: "I know that he would have done a whole lot of good with his life. So we take it very seriously that it is now our responsibility now to do that good work for him."

Father of Sandy Hook victim honors young son's short life

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 - 02:02

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