Bernard Family One Year After

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM EDT

Endwell, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Marc and Maria Bernard moved to America to flee turmoil in Haiti and make a new life for their family.

Then, they became victims of violence at the ACA.

Maria's brother and his wife now care for the Bernard children.

7 year old Valentina and 13 year old Kiki, also called Ormani.

Action News Reporter Leigh Dana visited the family in Endwell and shows us how they're helping each other ease their loss.

"I don't think about it that much," said Kiki Bernard.

"They were over there to learn English. They tried to fill out some paperwork," said Maria Bernard's bother, Jean Esther.

"We continue to remember them just by looking at the kids cause they're a spitting image of their parents," said Marc and Maria's niece, Roberta Esther.

"How has living with the Esther family been for you this year?" "Good," said Kiki.

"These kids aren't strangers to us. I am actually the godmother of Valentina. So I was there when she was born. And she basically grew up at our house. So it wasn't like we didn't know them and we had to get to know them. These kids were basically just like we are right now. The only thing missing is their parents," said Roberta.

"It's not too hard because they are my family. I am the godfather for the little kid. I am the uncle for both of them," said Jean Esther.

"They've definitely had to adjust, but their behavior not so much. They're still playful and Ormani has been quiet. And a lot of people think he's gotten quiet because of what happened, but he's always been just a quiet kid," said Roberta Esther.

"Now they are doing good. Before it was very hard for them. Step by step they are doing good in school," said Jean Esther.

"Our close family has been the biggest thing and the biggest instrument in helping us getting through this year and as we continue to go on," said Roberta Esther.

"And what's next for your family? Your big family now?"

"Go to school, keep going. Try to build your whole life. Keep moving," said Jean Esther.

In Endwell, Leigh Dana WBNG TV Action News.

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