Queens Street Named After 6-Year-Old Slain in Newtown

A ceremony was held Saturday to co-name 41st Street and Queens Boulevard "Benjamin Wheeler Place"

By Jonathan Vigliotti
|  Saturday, Sep 7, 2013  |  Updated 10:37 PM EDT
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Queens Street Named After 6-Year-Old Slain in Newtown

A street in Sunnyside was co-named after Benjamin Wheeler, inset, one of the 20 children killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last year.

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A Queens street has been named after a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. last year.

A ceremony was held Saturday to co-name 41st Street and Queens Boulevard "Benjamin Wheeler Place" because it is where the boy spent his first years. Benjamin was one of 20 first-graders Adam Lanza killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012.

"These are the blocks where Ben first saw the world," his father, David Wheeler, said at the ceremony. "When he came home from Roosevelt Hospital it was the blocks here, and now this street will carry his name"

David said his son was especially fond of riding the 7 train, which is across the street from the street that is now named after him in Sunnyside.

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