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.

She continues…

“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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  • We live in an un-safe world


  • This world is getting harder to live in as more and more violent things happen to us.


  • This makes me so mad. When targeted shootings regularly happen in a country, and their response is always ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people, I find it utterly disgusting.
    Innocent people are being killed, by maniacs WITH GUNS. Yes people also kill people with other weapons, but when we are talking about MASS SHOOTINGS – well people, guess what – that means guns. Whenever I hear or read about a shooting in America, I often end up arguing with my mother. She lives in Texas, with her Texan husband. Apparently it’s their right to be armed. And apparently there is no way that they right will ever be removed from them.
    Let’s just forget about the fact that quite regularly in America, innocent men, women and children are targeted and shot with guns. Why? Because guns are so bloody accessible. BUt you know, as long as you get to keep your gun….. well that makes it all okay…..

    • I agree completely with what you say. If the access to guns is so easy, these shootings will continue. They need to change the laws in the United States. But will they ever??


  • This tradegy is heart breaking.
    I wish we could stop it


  • I feel so sorry for victims of shootings and I feel sorry for all those Americans who do want gun control but are being ignored.


  • I think of the Sandy Hook parents often. It must be so hard to ever let their other children out of their sight.


  • Tears, I have tears. I think the USA needs an intervention from the rest of the world on gun control. When will it be enough?


  • This is something so sad to read.
    I personally still don’t understand why it’s so easy in the USA to have a gun.
    Aren’t all these tragedies enough? :-(


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