NEWTOWN, Conn. — The mother of a 6-year-old girl who was slain in the Sandy Hook School massacre offered words of comfort and solitude to the families and victims of the deadly shooting at an Orlando nightclub this past weekend.
In a post on the Remembering Ana Márquez-Greene Facebook page, Nelba Marquez-Greene said she was reliving the horror of waiting to hear about the death of her daughter, Ana, as the news spread of the deaths of 49 people Sunday in the deadliest shooting in U.S. history.
Marquez-Greene said her head was spinning about the targeted attack on gays, remembering a deadly shooting nearly a year ago on a black church. But she said that she would stand by her family's message of "love wins."
In her post, she said, "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 honor of what you now bear.
"I am going ... to spread the message that love wins. In honor of your loved ones. Because hate, ugly, evil and prejudice cannot silence love, courage, good.
"I don't know what to tell my son. But know I will commit to learning about each and every one of your loved ones. And we will commit as a family to learning about their lives and the legacies you build in their memory. But I am so sorry. Because you shouldn't have to be doing this. You should be planning summer outings to the beach and barbecues and birthdays and graduations. And I know it will never be the same."
Click here to read the full Facebook post on the Remembering Ana Márquez-Greene page.
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