The parents of one of the 20 first-grade children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting met with the father of gunman Adam Lanza. This meeting was revealed by The Associated Press on Thursday, March 21, 2013, and it lasted for more than an hour in some kind of effort to bring a type of closure to the tragic events that took place. The parents asked Lanza's father about his son's mental health among other things.
Alissa Parker told "CBS This Morning" in an interview excerpt from Thursday morning that the meeting with Peter Lanza, Adam's father, was her idea. Parker's six-year-old daughter Emilie died in the shootings back in December of 2012.
"I felt strongly that I needed to tell him something, and I needed to get that out of my system," Alissa Parker said. "I felt very motivated to do it and then I felt really good about it and prayed about it. And it was something that I needed to do."
There was no reveal as to the exact date that the meeting took place and what was discussed, but CBS plans to show the rest of the interview with Alissa and Robbie Parker on the morning of Friday, March 22, 2013. At that point, more details about the meeting will be revealed.
The Parkers said they wanted to speak with Peter Lanza about Adam Lanza's medical history among numerous other things.
Emilie's father Robbie was the very first parent of a lost child to speak publicly on the shooting. One day after the massacre on Dec. 14, 2012, Robbie Parker fought tears and could barely catch his breath.
"She was beautiful. She was blond. She was always smiling," he said, adding that the world was a better place because Emilie was in it. "I'm so blessed to be her dad."