Adam Lanza's father remains "broken" and family members are "shaken
to the core" and stigmatized a year after the Sandy Hook Elementary
School massacre, his aunt has told a British newspaper.
only spoken about it to a very, very small number of people, including
my husband, Michael, his brother, as they are very close," Lanza's
sister-in-law, Marsha, told the Daily Mail
from her home in Crystal Lake, Ill. "'Peter is a changed man. He's
broken. How can you ever begin to try and deal with that? It's just
Dec. 14 marks the first anniversary of Adam Lanza's
spree. He first killed his mother, Nancy, in her bed, and then
slaughtered 20 first-graders and six educators at the school in Newtown,
Conn., before taking his own life.
Investigators said the
antisocial 20-year-old was obsessed with violent video games and mass
murders. He was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, an autism-spectrum
disorder not associated with violence.
Peter and Nancy Lanza
divorced in 2001, but he had regular contact with Adam until their
relationship deteriorated. He last spoke with his son in 2010.
The family is still at a loss to explain what motivated the blood
bath, and has not had a "big family meeting or anything" to discuss it,
Marsha Lanza said.
"Was there something more we could have done?
Did we miss the signs?" she said. 'I went over old Facebook messages
that Nancy sent me at the time and nothing seemed to indicate this was
coming. We're still struggling to understand it ourselves.'
She also told how her children have been taunted and she has been shamed in public because of their last name.
happens everywhere - the bank, restaurants, gas stations," she said.
"You see them see the name ... and then you know what they're thinking. I
know what's going through their mind."
Peter Lanza, who recently returned to work, did want to add anything beyond the statement he issued after the shooting, a family spokesman told the paper.