Mum whose six-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School has written a letter to the families of the Orlando shooting victims.
Nelba Marquez-Greene posted the message on the memorial Facebook page for her daughter, Ana Grace, who was one of the 20 first-graders and six educators fatally shot in December 2012.
The letter begins by describing how Marquez-Greene had just returned home from Canada on Sunday when her phone began ringing ceaselessly with messages from friends checking on her as the news of the Orlando shooting broke.
As she learned of the 49 deaths in Pulse, an Orlando, Florida, gay club, she wanted to shrink into her home, curl up with her son and do nothing but watch movies.
‘Perhaps I will build a bullet proof barrier around my house and just order groceries from Peapod all summer. Or for the rest of our lives,’ she wrote.
“I have one message for those families in Florida:
I am sorry. I am so, so sorry. I am sorry that our tragedy here in Sandy hook wasn’t enough to save your loved ones. I tried and I won’t stop trying. Don’t you dare even listen to even ONE person who may insinuate that somehow this is your loved ones fault because they were gay or any other reason. Nor is it God’s wrath.
They did that to us on Sandy Hook- too. And it broke my heart. You will receive love from a million places. Embrace it. Take good care of yourself. This will be a forever journey. Some ugly will come your way too. Delete. Ignore. Let it go.
Your loss today will bring out the worst AND the best in all of us. May we commit to being our best selves in honour of what you now bear.”
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