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As the Sandy Hook massacre one-year anniversary approaches, parents of the victims are starting to speak out about the moment they lost their children.

Neil Heslin, who lost his son Jesse in the shooting, spoke to CNN’s Piers Morgan Live about seeing Adam Lanza’s father for the first time, and he unveiled a deep sense of strength and compassion.

“It was something I wanted to do, needed to do,” Heslin said of meeting Mr. Lanza. “I needed to answer to why it happened, what could have been done to prevent it. Here was a father who lost his son, and I met him last year. He’s carrying a heavy cross and heavier heart than I am.”

Heslin also talked about the upcoming holidays and not having the strength to take down his Christmas tree. His son, 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, would always help him trim the tree.

“I will probably take the Christmas tree down that I never took down from last year,” he said. “It’s just a sad reminder of what happened and clearly the day is etched in my mind, December 14th.”

Earlier this week, the officials released the 911 calls from the shooting.


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