NEWTOWN – The massacre at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut will linger for a very long time to come. Pain is in the hearts of people across the world, expression sorrow and a deep sense of loss, despite many living thousands of miles from the massacre site.
Robin Parker, dad of 6 year old Emilie Parker who was killed in the Connecticut massacre, wants the world to include the shooter and his family in their prayers.
“I’d really like to offer our deepest condolences to all the families who are directly affected by this shooting,” said Robbie Parker. “It’s an horrific tragedy and we want everybody to know that our hearts and our prayers go out to them. This includes the family of the shooter.”
Parker went on to say that his last conversation with his daughter Emilie, on Friday morning, was in Portuguese, which he had been teaching her.
“She said that she loved me, and she gave me a kiss, and I was out the door,” said Mr Parker, whose family moved to Newtown eight months ago so he could take a job as a physician’s assistant.
“I’m so blessed to be her dad,” he said, describing Emilie as a bright, talented, creative, take action child.
“Emilie was the kind of child who could ‘light up a room’. She was creative, had an infectious laugh and was ‘always able to try new things – except foods’”, he said.
The hearts of the world are with all the families, including the family of the shooter. Condolences and expression of grief and solidarity with Newtown can been seen as far away as Pakistan and Brazil.