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Five Years After Sandy Hook, Emilie Parker's Family Finds Joy, Solace

Five Years After Sandy Hook, Emilie Parker's Family Finds Joy, Solace

On an autumn afternoon in Brush Prairie, Wash., aspen trees drop golden leaves as a damp breeze pulls through the branches of tall cedars outside the home of Robbie and Alissa Parker. Painted pumpkins sit in the shade of their covered porch. A small fountain bubbles next to the front walk, where a child’s pail and shovel sits on a stone wall.

Inside, the picture is no less bucolic. Lines of hazy sunlight filter through the blinds in the family room where Robbie reads on a sofa with 9-year-old Madeline. Dressed in a long-sleeve turquoise shirt, stretchy black pants and baby pink socks, she curls up close to him. Robbie pulls her closer when she asks for help figuring out a word she...

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