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Less than a week since the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn. which left 20 young children dead within the walls of their Sandy Hook Elementary School, on Thursday "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes the father of one of the slain victims for a gut-wrenching and candid primetime interview.
Speaking about his son Jesse Lewis, Neil Heslin remembers the six-year-old warmly and fondly:
"Jesse was my son, but he was my best friend and my buddy, too. And I'm just really lost for words. We did everything together," explained Heslin in honest and heart-breaking fashion. "He had so many favorite spots where he'd go, the diner in town here, the grocery store for his bagel or muffin in the morning, the Misty Vale Deli where he'd go to get his sandwich in the morning, also before school and his snack. I'm lost for words."
This evening Heslin will face the unenviable task of burying his son, the precise act most people agree no parent should ever have to go through. The fact that it's happening during the holidays makes it that much more difficult:
"My little boy said something the night before to me. And he said, Dad, this is going to be the best Christmas ever. And he was going on about it. And I said, Jesse ... we'll make it the best we can. And I don't have much family. So it's kind of a quiet time for me. And he makes - made Christmas happy for me and joyful and he made it what it was," Heslin told Piers Morgan. "The next day, this tragedy happened. It occurred. And I thought to myself, 'boy, was he wrong about that.'"
Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 as Heslin and Morgan talk further about the unspeakable tragedy that has shocked the nation, and encouraged many to call for stiffer gun legislation.
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