Pink ribbons blanket Ogden neighborhood in memory of Connecticut shooting victim

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  • Brown Honeyvale, CA
    Dec. 22, 2012 2:05 p.m.

    Having lost a child I don't believe there is ever "peace" in the tragedy. One only finds faith and hope to endure, there is always a sense of loss and sadness that is entirely different from the loss of a parent or other loved one…I know. I am impressed that the parents haven't spoken out, the loss of a child cuts to the core and is difficult to speak of even after time has passed. I hope the media will leave them alone.

  • mhilton Lancaster, CA
    Dec. 21, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    Since I don't have tv, I haven't seen a lot of the coverage of this tragedy. However, I wondered if any of the victims were from LDS families. I'm glad that he was one of the first parents to speak up and to do so very publicly. To me it says that he does have some peace in his heart, along with the grief that he feels at the loss of his daughter. It's nice to see that those in Ogden are actively supporting the family in a way that they can during the difficult time in this family's life.

    Dec. 21, 2012 7:23 a.m.

    I'm grateful this man has the Gospel to give him what little perspective there is to grasp in a tragedy such as this, and that perhaps that may help those who "know not where to find it," but I have to strongly agree with Gisele. He was not consciously thinking of proselyting when he made his statements to the media. What kind of cold father could or would do that? He was thinking of the loss of his daughter, of all those little ones, and how much her light in this world will be missed.

  • Gisele JF, 00
    Dec. 19, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    This dad in my humble opinion wasn’t trying to teach the gospel through his words, or his “Elder uniform” or whatever else. He was not in peace. His suffering was almost touchable. He was in shock… the anger will come. I admire him for giving support for the killer family. That´s why people say Utah is the Happy Valley where bad things happen but anyway, we’re mormons, all that matter is our Church… my goodness…

  • Day Mom Everett, WA
    Dec. 19, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    I caught Bro. Parker on CNN making his statement. I knew from what he said that he must be LDS. That was confirmed by the article today about Ogden's pink ribbons in welcoming the Parker family home. I agree that it was a missionary moment and it warmed my heart to know that the Gospel will be that rock they can hold onto in this time of trial. Knowing that Emilie will be in Heaven to greet them when their time comes must surely bring solace.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    Also the Adults. The Principal who lunged at the shooter,Janitor, teachers who also lost their lives as heros. These true heros did not think for a minute about their own safety but for the kids. The surviving staff and kids for getting the other kids out safe, homes nearby were provided for the kids to get out of the cold. Yes all are true heros..

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    Would have to agree with Craig Clark. This will take a lot of time for healing for not just the family but for everyone. I would hope this country would spend more time and money on the study and cure for Mental Illness.. Words of prayer and hope for this beautiful family. Rest in peace little one..

  • softball ump Lehi, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 7:25 p.m.

    as I understand it all the adults who died died while shielding the children. died trying to protect them... I brings to my mind the scripture where our Savior said "No greater love has a man than this, that he lie down his life for a friend" may all who died RIP

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    It's difficult to find the right words when it comes to a tragedy of this magnitude. So many precious souls were robbed of a future. It's my hope and prayer that much discussion and decisions will be made toward increasing housing and help for the mentally ill. It just can't be ignored any longer. If that young man had gotten the mental health care he was in need of I believe we would not have this terrible tragedy. The Government's focus is all mixed up and needs to be seriously changed. All we can do is pray that these people who represent our country will listen to the American people and put the priorities in order. Guns only kill when their trigger is pulled by someone who is not in control of their mental state.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Those little children all were perfect who died that day. Let's pray that those who had to watch this happen will heal.

  • Mrs TAP Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 10:12 a.m.

    Well said, CF Mom! I hadn't thought of the fact that sweet Emilie's death may result in some finding happiness who have been seeking it and didn't know where to begin looking. God bless and comfort the Parker family!

  • CF Mom Sandy, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    I am also proud of Brother Parker. There was no question that he was grieving for his precious daughter Emilie. We all grieve with him. Yet he stood at the doors of his meeting house, dressed in "the uniform" of an elder preaching the gospel of our Lord and Savior. He was the first of the parents to speak. He used the teachable moment to honor Emilie by teaching and demonstrating to the watching world the peace, understanding and compassion that comes by knowing the Plan and Love of our Heavenly Father. While the networks talked and wondered where it came from I thought, "Listen - You have just been taught, Read the name on the wall next to him, make a call, find out more and you can have that same peace and knowledge in your life" too. Brother Parker has set the standard high, we have a mark to strive for when we each are faced with a test. May God be with the Parker family until they met again.

  • Twin Lights Louisville, KY
    Dec. 18, 2012 8:27 a.m.

    May God bless them all. This family and every one of those killed, hurt, or mentally scarred.

  • cambodia girl Phnom Penh, Cambodia
    Dec. 18, 2012 6:03 a.m.

    Wouldn't it be beautiful if Newtown lit luminaries up and down the town in honor of those who died? Maybe Ogden could do it, also.

  • PAC Phoenix, AZ
    Dec. 17, 2012 9:25 p.m.

    What a sweet, sweet, angle...watching over all of us.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    Dec. 17, 2012 9:14 p.m.

    I am SO proud of Emilie's dad, Robbie Parker, for choosing to speak to the media about their little sweetheart and for sharing their feelings of compassion for the shooter's family. "Preach the Gospel at all times; if necessary, use words." Thank you, Robbie, for so eloquently doing both.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Dec. 17, 2012 8:01 p.m.

    Little Emilie has blessed all our lives out here in Connecticut. We love you, Emilie!

  • hermounts Pleasanton, CA
    Dec. 17, 2012 6:30 p.m.

    Emilie reminds me of my grand-niece. I hope her family can take comfort from knowing where she is now.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Dec. 17, 2012 4:13 p.m.

    I can't look at the picture of Emile or any of those kids without wanting to cry.