Beth Nimmo knows tragedy well. Her daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, was the first person killed at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. This afternoon, she appeared on "America Live," where she told anchor Megyn Kelly about the emotions she's feeling in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. She also attempted to help the public understand what survivors and victims' families are going through.
"My first reaction was -- extremely angry. So angry that a man would kill babies -- these are babies," Nimmo said, her emotions clearly showing through. "And -- as far as the parents go, they're not going to know what hit them for a long, long time."
As for her own experience, the mother, whose son, Craig, survived the Columbine tragedy, shared her path from grief to renewal.
"It was like there were times where it was very real and other times when it was surreal," Nimmo said of the days and months following the murderous rampage.
As for today's shooting in Connecticut, she feels deeply for the families and the pain she knows they are feeling.
"My heart's racing and I just feel like these parents -- they're going to hurt so bad for so long -- and there's not much you can do to console someone like this," Nimmo lamented, nothing, though, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Kelly asked the mother if, indeed, she found happiness again in her life. While it took quite a long time, Nimmo said that life did eventually improve.
"You know what, we did, but it came much, much later," Nimmo responded. "There does come a day when you don't cry all day long -- there does come a day when the fear of pain and loss isn't so evident and is not so penetrating...so right in your face."
She said that her heart breaks for the children and families, alike. There are no shortcuts when it comes to recovery and going through the grieving process, Nimmo added.
"Right now, these parents can't imagine hope. All they understand is the trauma and loss," she told Kelly.
Watch the interview, below: