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Newtown Victim’s Parents Meet With Gunman’s Father

Emilie Parker, 6 (credit: family photo)

Emilie Parker, 6 (credit: family photo)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The parents of one of the 20 first-graders killed in the Newtown, Conn. school massacre said they met with the gunman’s father for over an hour in an effort bring some closure to the tragedy.

Alissa Parker told “CBS This Morning” in an excerpt of an interview that aired Thursday that she wanted to meet with Adam Lanza’s father, Peter Lanza, to tell him “something” she needed to get out of her system.

“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,” Alissa Parker explained.

CBS plans to show the rest of the interview with Alissa and Robbie Parker on Friday morning, revealing more details about their meeting with Peter Lanza.

The Parkers’ 6-year-old daughter, Emilie, died in December’s shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They told CBS they wanted to ask Peter Lanza about his son’s medical history and other issues.

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