(FOX 11) - Gideon Bernstein holds back his emotion and says, “This is a tragedy for humanity.” Bernstein and his wife Jeanne, trying to come to grips with a parent’s worst nightmare…the murder of their 19-year-old son Blaze.
When we sat down for our interview with the Bernsteins, they didn’t want to talk specifics about the case or the crime…but the impact of Blaze’s life, the loss and what they’re doing to create a legacy for their son who loved life!
Hal: It’s got to be impossible … this kind of a situation.
Jeanne: It is impossible. You can’t fix the past and that’s the only thing that your heart desires.
Hal: If you had a time machine, right?
Jeanne: yes…yes. If I could go back in time, yes. That’s just wishes and dreams. Now, I have to have a dream that can become a reality.”)
The two want to create a foundation to help protect children before they get hurt in social media. They are looking for ways to keep Blazes’ memory alive.
Gideon: So, we’ve talked a lot about that. It started with an idea was Let’s set up a memorial fund for him. Let’s tell other people that want to help us out to do good. #DogoodforBlaze, do good for someone else. And, now we’re really trying to hone in on how we can help other families that could go through this experience. We have to help them understand social media.
Jeanne: And there are many adults that use it too that are in danger. Its just like if you had a house and law enforcement couldn't bang down the door to give you lifesaving medical attention. Could that happen in real life?
Absolutely…Well, that is what our goal is.
Hal: What do you think made Blaze…Blaze? What was it about him that was particularly unique and special?
Jeanne: The way his mind worked. He was able to blend the science mind with the creative mind. You've usually overcompensated on one side or the other...for him it was a combination of being able to capture both his right and left brain into someone who could actually utilize those talents.”
Gideon: “he had a tremendous amount of compassion. It seemed like his path was continuing to evolve as he was going along in college.”
Hal: There’s two other children one 14 and 17. How are they dealing with this?
Jeanne: They’re sad. they’re really sad. They’re holding up well, but we really haven’t had time to grieve as a family.
We will have more of our interview with Gideon and Jeanne Bernstein, Sunday morning, January 21st at 9:00 am on FOX 11 News IN DEPTH.