*Newtown father Jimmy Greene and his wife joined fellow parents and spouses of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims for an emotional “60 Minutes” segment on the eve of their visit to Congress to lobby for gun violence prevention measures.
Seven of the families, all members of the group Sandy Hook Promise, sat down on Sunday’s episode with interviewer Scott Pelley to recount the events of “12/14,” the term family members use in reference to that horrific morning of December 14th.
Greene told Pelley that it was an honor to have known his six year-old, Ana Marquez-Greene, and that he cries every day. Others who sat down for the interview include the parents of slain children Dylan Hockley, Ana, Benjamin Wheeler, Daniel Barden, and Jesse Lewis, as well as the mother of slain teacher Lauren Rousseau and the husband of school psychologist Mary Sherlach.
Many of the parents spoke wrenchingly of the moments leading up to the discovery of their children’s fates. In the second part of the interview, some of the parents took us through the heartbreak of finding out what had happened to their kids.
The mother of Dylan Hockley, and Ana’s parents Jimmy and Nelba Marquez-Greene each had a child who survived the shooting, and one who didn’t.
“Someone said to me, you know, ‘I’ve seen Jake. He’s in… he’s in one of the other rooms,’” Nicole Hockley remembered, “and that was a relief, you know, a moment of, ‘he’s okay, and that’s okay that he’s okay,’ and… and a woman asked me, ‘What… what classroom was your other child in?’ and I said, ‘Ms. Soto.’ and she said, ‘I heard she got shot.’ and I got… I got really angry at her, and I remember very clearly saying, ‘Don’t you dare say that to me if you don’t know it’s true.’”
Jimmy Greene remembered being reunited with his son, Isaiah. “I just went and grabbed him and held him,” Greene said, “and he was just crying, ‘daddy,’ you know, ‘there were so many gunshots and,’ you know, ‘I saw this and I saw that.’ So, I just took my son in my arms. He’s a big kid; I took him like he was two years old again and held him on my shoulder and was just running from room to room, trying to locate Ana’s class.”
But neither parent would be reunited with their other child. Governor Dannel Malloy eventually appeared to tell the remaining family members that “if we were in that room, that our child or adult wasn’t coming back to us.”
Watch the two-part segment below.