As we reported earlier, Adam Lanza, the shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, dealt with his father divorcing his mother and remarrying.
Father Peter had divorced Nancy in 2009, citing “irreconcilable differences.” According to the Daily Mail, he moved to Stamford, Connecticut and remarried just last year.
A vice president of taxes for GE Energy Financial Services in NYC, he is living in a million-dollar mansion in the suburb of Westover.
Lanza only found out about the fact that his son committed suicide, taking 26 people with him, when a reporter waiting outside his door told him, a neighbor says.
He filed for divorce from Nancy in 2008, with her checking the “financial disputes” box on the form at the time. The couple were awarded joined custody of Adam; however, he was to live with his mother, having contact with his father on “liberal visitation” occasions and vacations.
Peter and new wife Shelley Cudiner fled their house as soon as news broke that Lanza was responsible for the tragedy.
“After news crews descended on their house they calmly packed their bags and drove off and we've not seen them since,” his neighbor describes.
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, Peter Lanza cannot find a motivation for his son's actions.
“Our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. [...] No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. We are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can,” he said in a statement, this weekend.
Nancy Lanza taught her son how to shoot, and would often bring both her children to the shooting range. She was killed by her son, Adam, prior to the Sandy Hook attack, and she cannot answer for his actions either.
“The family of Nancy Lanza share the grief of a community and a nation as we struggle to comprehend the tremendous loss that we all share. Our hearts and prayers are with those who share in this loss.
“On behalf of Nancy’s mother and siblings we reach out to the community of Newtown and express our heartfelt sorrow for the incomprehensible and profound loss of innocence that has affected so many,” her relatives state.