Adam Lanza's Father Met With One Victim's Family

Alissa, Robbie Parker lost 6-year-old Emilie in the Newtown shooting

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 21, 2013 11:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Peter Lanza has remained out of the spotlight since news of the Newtown shooting broke, but one victim's family tells CBS that they have privately met with him. Robbie and Alissa Parker, parents to 6-year-old Emilie, spent more than an hour with Lanza; in CBS' Norah O'Donnell's words, they believe he "holds the keys" to understanding Adam Lanza's motivation. The AP notes that it's unclear when the meeting occurred or what was discussed, though O'Donnell says the couple wanted to ask Lanza about his son's medical history and his and Nancy's relationship with him.

In a portion of an interview with the Parkers aired today, Alissa explains that the meeting "was kind of my doing. I guess the reason why I felt strongly that I needed to tell him 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." CBS will air part two tomorrow. Meanwhile, news broke this week that Adam Lanza kept a "score sheet."

Alissa Parker, left, and her husband, Robbie Parker, center, carry their daughters Samantha, 3, and Madeline, 4, following funeral services for their daughter Emilie, on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.
Alissa Parker, left, and her husband, Robbie Parker, center, carry their daughters Samantha, 3, and Madeline, 4, following funeral services for their daughter Emilie, on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Emilie Parker, age 6.
Emilie Parker, age 6.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Parker Family)
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