Shooting victim’s grandparents live in Charleston

One of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, a 6-year-old with grandparents who live in Charleston, was a boy who “couldn’t wait to get to school” according to his family.

Benjamin Andrew Wheeler, who just turned 6 on Sept. 12, was the grandson of Ellsworth and Kay Wheeler of Charleston, The Washington Post reported.

The Wheelers, a sculptor and music teacher, could not be reached on Monday; friends in Charleston said they were in Connecticut.

Ben Wheeler is also survived by his parents, Francine and David Wheeler, and a brother, Nate, 9. The family moved to Newtown, Conn., in 2007.

On Monday, the family released a statement that said:

“Ben Wheeler was an irrepressibly bright and spirited boy whose love of fun and excitement at the wonders of life and the world could rarely be contained. His rush to experience life was headlong, creative and immediate.

“He was a devoted fan of his older brother, Nate, and the two of them together filled the house with the noise of four children. ...

“Eager to learn, he couldn’t wait to get to school to see his teacher and his growing group of new first grade friends. ... Earlier in December, Ben performed at his piano recital and sitting still long enough to play one piece was an accomplishment he reveled in.

“He loved The Beatles, lighthouses, and the number 7 train to Sunnyside, Queens. In a conversation with Francine before school on Friday, he said, ‘I still want to be an architect, but I also want to be a paleontologist, because that’s what Nate is going to be and I want to do everything Nate does.’ ”

Comments { } is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. does not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full Terms and Conditions.