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More than seven years ago, a heavily armed Charles Carl Roberts walked into the one-room West Nickel Mines School and proceeded to shoot 10 young girls – killing five – before ultimately taking his own life.
This evening Roberts' widow – Marie Monville – joined "Piers Morgan Live" with intimate details from the day of the shooting, and the trying times that followed.
Living in a small, primarily Amish community, Monville and her three children faced the likely possibility of becoming outcasts. However, as Piers Morgan noted, that's hardly how things developed:
"An extraordinary thing happened in that other members of the Amish community turned up at your house," he explained. "And unlike, I think, in many other similar circumstances, there wasn't raw hostility...in their mood. Quite the opposite."
Truly moved by the outpouring of support, Monville described what transpired in the Bart Township of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania:
"I was at my parents' home. And I was looking out their kitchen window. And I saw some Amish men walking down the street. I knew they were coming to my parents' house. And I went to my mom and dad and said, 'what do I do? Do I go out to talk to them,'" she recalled. "My dad said, 'you can stay inside, I'll go out and talk with them.' He knew them. You know, they were from our community."
Seated across from Morgan as part of a face to face interview, Monville described what came next:
"He met them on the driveway I continued to watch from the window. And although I couldn't hear the words they spoke, I saw the embrace. You know, I saw them put their arms around my dad and put their hands on his shoulder," explained Monville. "Everything about their gentleness conveyed the words that I couldn't hear."
Morgan marveled at the support Monville and her family received from the Amish people she lived amongst, noting how they saw beyond their personal pain, offering her compassion when she needed it most:
"An amazing thing happened," he noted. "Indicative of the protective blanket that the...Amish community put around you...at a time when your husband had decimated...a large number of that community."
Monville echoed the host's sentiments:
"When my dad came back in, we all are waiting to hear from him what they said. And he collected his thoughts, you know. And I knew that it had been a deeply moving time for him, as well," revealed the guest. "He said that they had forgiven Charlie and that they were extending grace and love to our family. They were concerned about me and concerned about our children."
Watch the clip for the full emotional exchange between Morgan and Monville, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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