7 years after Sandy Hook, siblings of victims turn to activism

In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Saturday marks the seventh anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Twenty first graders and six adults were killed by a gunman on Dec. 14, 2012. The 20-year-old had also fatally shot his mother at their home before carrying out the attack on the school.

Siblings of the victims and students who lived through it have grown up to become young voices of the gun violence prevention movement.

Natalie Barden's brother, Daniel, died at age 7. She's now a 17-year-old high school senior who's active in gun control advocacy. J.T. Lewis lost his 6-year-old brother, Jesse, in the shooting. He's now a University of Connecticut student running for state Senate as a Republican and calling for better school security and mental health programs.

A Connecticut judge has set a September 2021 trial date for a lawsuit by families of Sandy Hook victims against the maker of the gun used in the massacre. A survivor and relatives of nine victims filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Remington in 2015, saying the company should have never sold such a dangerous weapon to the public.

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