Benjamin's family moved to Newtown last April.
Neighbors Peter and Jackie Bearce visited the Wheeler home Sunday to deliver their condolences, a batch of cookies and a bouquet of flowers but didn't see their neighbors, Francine and David. Jackie said she saw Benjamin, 6, every morning as he waited for the bus with his mother.
The dark-haired boy would also follow his father around the yard as he performed chores, handing him tools or picking up sticks from the ground, said Peter Bearce. Benjamin's mother and father are both entertainers. Francine sings in a children's music group, while David is a writer and performer on stage.
On Francine's band's Facebook page, the following message was posted Sunday: "With heavy hearts, we inform you of our saddest news: Francine Wheeler, a founding member of The Dream Jam Band, has lost her precious 6-year old son, Ben, to the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut. Our prayers and love go out to Francine, David and Ben's big brother, Nate."