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Widow of Amish school shooter writes book, credits faith

Updated: Thursday, October 3 2013, 07:02 PM CDT
Reported by: Christina Butler

LANCASTER -- It's been seven years since Charlie Roberts entered the small Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, tied up 10 young girls, then shot them each execution-style before killing himself.

Only five of the girls survived, and many of them were left with severe injuries.  Since Oct. 2, 2006, Roberts' widow -- now known as Marie Monville -- has largely stayed out of the media spotlight.

She's remarried and raises her and Roberts' three children with her new husband and his children.

This week, she's releasing a book titled "One Light Still Shines, My Life Beyond the Amish Schoolhouse Shootings."

It focuses mainly on the days, months, and years since her husband became a mass murderer. But there is a large portion of the book dedicated to sharing how her faith got her through the darkest days, almost immediately.

"I threw myself upon Him and said, 'You know I trust You. I don't know how to trust You in this, and I don't know how to find You in this, and I don't know what it might look like beyond this, but I trust You,' and I think that really set the course for where we are now," she explained to CBS 21 in a sit-down interview.

She also expressed repeated gratitude and amazement of the grace and support she got from the people in Lancaster County.

One particular incident remains clear in her memory. It was the day of the shooting, and she was at the home of her parents. Looking out the window, she saw a group of Amish men walking to the home.

She knew they were there because of what had happened, and most of the men likely had a loved one in that schoolhouse. Her father walked outside to meet them while she watched from the window.

"I saw them put their hand on his shoulders. They wrapped their arms around him. The expressions were telling me things even though I couldn't hear the words. When he came back inside, he told me they said they were concerned about me and about the children," she said.

Monville also said the men had asked how she was doing, and told her they had forgiven Charlie. She describes that encounter in the hours after the shooting as "life-changing."

That support is much of the reason Monville never left Lancaster County. Her children have grown and are doing very well, she said.   Her book is available now. She also has a Facebook page, which can be accessed HEREWidow of Amish school shooter writes book, credits faith


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