Aug 29, 2013 3:51 PM by Eric Ross

NYC street to be renamed for Newtown, Conn., boy

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City street will be renamed in honor of a 6-year-old boy who died in the elementary school massacre in Connecticut in December.

The Daily News reports that the family of the boy, Benjamin Wheeler, moved from Queens to Newtown, Conn., when he was a baby.

But his parents, Francine and David Wheeler, frequently brought their son back to a Queens park to play with neighborhood children. Ben's mother had started a networking group for families.

The renaming ceremony is planned for Sept. 7 at the intersection of 41st Street and Queens Boulevard.

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer  says the community feels "a lot of love for the Wheelers."

He and U.S. Rep Joseph Crowley  are joining local residents in planning the event.


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