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article imageParents of Newtown victim Emilie Parker met with Adam Lanza's dad

By Yukio Strachan     Mar 21, 2013 in Crime
As part of their search for understanding and grieving process, the parents of murdered 6-year-old Emilie Parker met with the father of Adam Lanza, the shooter who murdered 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The meeting "was kind of my doing," Alissa Parker explained to CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell . "I guess the reason why I felt strongly that I needed to tell [Peter Lanza] something. And I needed to get that out of my 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."
The meeting reportedly lasted over an hour, U.S. News & World Report writes. "You hear Alissa say that she believes that Peter Lanza holds the keys to this whole thing," O'Donnell said, teasing interview clips that will be aired Friday.
Earlier this week the New York Daily News reported that 20-year-old Lanza, who killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before he drove to the school, opened fire, and turned the gun on himself, kept a 7-foot-long, 4-foot-wide spreadsheet tallying the number of victims at other mass shootings and types of weaponry, leading investigators to believe he had planned the massacre for years.
How did the Parkers take this new information? "Any information ... that you gain in this experience is just that. It's information," Robbie said. "And then you have to choose how you're gonna handle it. And so for us, we've decided that what works best for us is you receive a bit of information, you process it, you feel the emotion that comes along with it, and then you have to let it go."
Alissa added, "It's just like another piece to the puzzle. And it always brings with it a period of, you know, sorrow, pain, and you deal with it and you just move on. The outcome is still the same, regardless if it was planned, not planned. But it doesn't change anything. It doesn't change that our child's gone."
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