Thanksgiving Day massacre survivor speaks

By Peter Schaller - email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - The man, who survived the Thanksgiving Day massacre, is speaking for the first time after three months in a coma. He made it to "Shine the Light", a tribute to his niece, Makayla Sitton, who died that night.

"I had to re-learn how to walk, talk, sit up in bed and rollover," Patrick Knight said. "But I've done it. Three days ago, I was able to walk without a walker, and, I believe, it was so I could come here."

Knight has lost more than most of us could imagine. He lost his pregnant wife, Lisa, their unborn baby and almost his own life. It all happened in minutes of terror on Thanksgiving night in Jupiter.

In total, four family members lost their lives that night. A family member, Paul Merhige, was later arrested. "I missed all the funerals, including the one for my wife, so to be here today [Sunday] with the whole family, celebrating Makayla's life, it's huge."

Patrick needs to go through some more rehab, so he can get a better handle on his motor skills.  For now, he's on painkillers, but, amazingly, he should make a full recovery.

The tribute Sunday for little Makayla Sitton brought in more than $8,000 for the scholarship in her name. Makayla danced and loved ballet.

Sunday's 'Shine the Light' concert raised money so other children can enjoy the same things Makayla did in her short life. The first two scholarship recipients were announced Sunday -- two young children who otherwise would not be able to afford piano and dance lessons.