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Mother of Sandy Hook victim writes letter to families of Orlando attack

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A mother whose six-year-old daughter was killed in the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School wrote 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.

Marquez-Greene says as she learned of the 49  deaths in Pulse in Orlando, 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.

"How do I tell my son that fifty people all died the way his sister did? And in one of our favorite places: Orlando, Florida."

"I am sorry that our tragedy here in Sandy hook wasn't enough to save your loved ones," she wrote.

"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."

She also urged people not to send money to Orlando until they know it will be received by the victims.

"Millions were poured in to Sandy Hook. Very little actually reached us," she said. 

"And victims of gun violence will have a lifetime of need. Before you give — ask where your dollars will go. Specify that you want it to go to victim families.  We will remember your children...As you remembered and learned about ours."


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