Newtown: A father's grief: ‘Our prayers go to all the families – including the shooter’s'
Robbie Parker, father of six-year-old killed in shooting, makes extraordinarily moving statement
Sunday 16 December 2012
Robbie Parker, the father of six-year-old victim Emilie, gave this extraordinarily moving statement following his daughter’s death.
"I’d like to offer our deepest condolences to all the families affected by this shooting – it’s a horrific tragedy and our hearts and our prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter.
I can’t imagine how hard this experience must be for you. I want you to know that our family and our love and support goes out to you as well. My daughter Emilie would be one of the first ones to be standing there giving her love and support to all the victims; that’s the sort of person she is, not because of any parenting my wife and I could have done but because those were gifts that were given to her by her Heavenly Father.
As the deep pain begins to settle in our hearts we find comfort reflecting on the incredible person that Emilie was and how many lives she was able to touch. Emilie was bright, creative and very loving, always willing to try new things. She loved to use her talents to touch the lives of everyone she came into contact with. She carried around her markers and pencils so that she never missed an opportunity to draw a picture or make a card.
“Let us please keep a semblance of love that we feel for our families and the compassion we feel for others, even strangers, and keep them with us at all times, not just in times of sorrow and tragedy and may we do this so we can better all of our communities so that we can make everyone, everywhere feel safe."
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 The confessions of men who ordered mail-order brides
- 3 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
- 5 'Isis' schoolgirls: Missing British teenager tweets picture of her Syrian takeaway
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Power of Nepal earthquake was equivalent to 20 huge atomic bombs
Nepal earthquake video: Terrifying footage shows moment avalanche hit Everest Base Camp
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Photographer/ Floor planner /...
£30000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Guildford/Craw...
£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is...
£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...