By Oren Liebermann

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Carmen Lobis, of Delaware County, will never get tired of talking about his grandson.

“He just exuberated life,” Lobis said. “He ran all the time. He was excited. He could put a smile on somebody’s face.”

6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler was one of the victim’s of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. His family, like so many others, has no choice but to grieve.

(6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler.)

(6-year-old Benjamin Wheeler.)


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“The first day was truly devastating,” Lobis recalled. “It took us about five hours to get there from here and it seemed like 50.

Lobis rushed up to Newtown to mourn with his family and the entire community. Support has come from all across the region and the country.

“I can’t imagine they could’ve done any more to make life more bearable for us,” he said.

With the prayers of a nation behind Newtown, the healing process has begun. For Lobis and his family, that means remembering his grandson and all the happiness Benjamin Wheeler brought.

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“For the six years that we had him,” Lobis said, “he was just a joy.”