While America gets on the job with grieving and reconciling over the senseless Sandy Hook Elementary school killings of just one week ago one obvious anomaly still stands. That of the body of Adam Lanza. To date no one has claimed his body. Not his father Peter, not his brother Ryan, not an uncle, a forgiving grandfather, no one.
And yet that in the end may be the ultimate irony in why the tragedy unfolded in the first place. Adam Lanza felt unloved, unwanted, undesired, rejected, humiliated and in essence a waste bin pariah not only at the hands of the community, the schools he attended but also by his very own family who by now it seems fully abandoned him. And it seems they will continue abandoning him even in death.
One wonders even now why Adam Lanza’s immediate family have not publicly addressed their son, their brother’s actions and why for that matter they have yet to claim his body? Do they intend not to ever claim it? Surely they must accept in finality what has happened and on some level their own culpability for what has happened here.
Is it a question of shame, humiliation, fear or just a continuing reluctance to admit that yes Adam Lanza once was part of a family that sadly disintegrated and that even now accepting that reality is even now unbearable.
Really Mr Peter Lanza, what is stopping you even now from claiming your son? Wasn’t his death and that of innocent people enough for you?
As an aside, Adam Lanza’s mother, Nancy’s body was yesterday claimed, it has not been publicly released as to who claimed her body, but a service was performed in the memory of her honor in New Hampshire. One wonders if the prodigal son will ever have his day….