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Local Mother Feels Grief for Sandy Hook Victims, Gunman [Listen]

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In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.  (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks)

It has been a week now, but what happened in Newtown, Connecticut has families across the nation heartbroken and trying to make sense of the tragic loss of so many innocent young lives.

NEWS 92 FM’s Carolyn Campbell re-visited a local mother after the tragic shooting in Connecticut, and she says, while she mourns for the victims, she can identify with the shooters’ family as well.

We’ll call her Nicole to protect the identity of her son.   We spoke with Nicole several months ago about her struggles, financially and emotionally, caring for her son who was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.

The massacre of 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut has touched Nicole very deeply.  She knows the shooter, Adam Lanza‘s first victim, was his own mother.

Last year, Nicole says her son turned violent.

Charles is ten years old now and doing much better.   He’s on a different medication and regularly sees a psychiatrist and therapist.  But Nicole says finding help for families dealing with mental illness is tough–really tough.

No matter how hard it is, Nicole says families must never give up.

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