Emilie Parker laid to rest; family, governor call her an inspiration to all

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  • TimBehrend Auckland NZ, 00
    Dec. 26, 2012 12:03 a.m.

    A lot of people are getting a lot of mileage out of this tragedy, including newspapers like the DN and politicians who attend funerals of the victims the media has turned into celebrity angels and celebrity heroes. I find this monstrous bandwagon and its heart of opportunism disgusting.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    Dec. 23, 2012 9:46 p.m.

    My heart goes out to this grieving family and all who have been harmed by this tragedy.

    And yet, as I drove to Church this morning and saw the flags still flying at half staff, I couldn't help but wonder about the many poor children of color who get blown away every day, due to poverty, drugs and too many guns. We all see it so often that it almost becomes commonplace.

    While I do not wish to diminish the pain of anyone, I think that as our nation mourns the loss of sweet children from the "it's not supposed to happen here" neighborhoods, we owe at least a moment of silence for those who may wonder why their precious children did not merit this kind of attention. It's the kind of not-so-subtle racism that many of us white people scarcely notice, but must be terribly frustrating for those who feel the consequences.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Dec. 23, 2012 6:26 p.m.

    Why is the first solution some people think of is ANOTHER gun?

    Change your way of thinking and you may find a much better solution is right under your nose.

  • azresident Mesa, AZ
    Dec. 23, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    What in Tucket? Your comment touched me. I was a teacher, I did have to protect children, and I think I agree with you. If someone came through my door and began shooting I would not hesitate to protect the children and would return fire. Period. The End.

    Who would have ever thought it would come to this. How sad.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Dec. 23, 2012 1:47 p.m.

    If I were a teacher and were allowed to do so, would carry a concealed weapon. If anyone tried to injure any of the children under my care they would have to deal with me first. The loss of this beautiful child cuts deep.

  • Utah Businessman Sandy, UT
    Dec. 23, 2012 11:36 a.m.

    I would just like to express my love and condolences to this lovely family as they grieve for the loss of their beautiful child. May our Heavenly Father's comfort be with you.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Dec. 23, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    I live very close to the neighborhood in which Parker's church and the cemetery are located. Although the funeral was private, it was amazing and very touching to see the huge number of people lining the streets to pay their respects and show their support to the family. Traffic came to a virtual standstill and there had to be a large number of police officers out in the cold to try to keep it moving.

    It was something awesome to witness.

    Now it's time to turn our love for this family and the others who lost children toward seeking and finding carefully considered, reasonable, and truly effective ways to prevent this kind of thing from ever happening again.

    It won't be easy. But if enough of us care, if enough of us are willing to think and speak thoughtfully to others -- we can do it.

    We just need to have the will to do it. Let's never forget little Emilie and her fallen friends and teachers.

  • Beverly Eden, UT
    Dec. 23, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    The words of the Governor Herbert and Church leaders are consoling. The words they used "Horrible," "Tragic" and "We must do all we can to prevent this from happening again," are on target. The reality that twenty, 6 and 7 year old children, were each shot several times with an assault rifle is somehow missed. What is Governor Herbert's position regarding large magazines and assault rifles. What is the church's position on this issue. I know the NRA's position. "More Guns" and "Armed Police in every school." I would like to know the Governor's position and the Church's position. I think large capacity magazines and weapons of war, like assault rifles should be banned. I wonder what they think??

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Dec. 23, 2012 6:01 a.m.

    You know, I love this family and this precious little life, and I have never met them. I appreciate the example they set, both in life as well as in death. May we each live our lives in such a way that our lives will touch a fraction of as many lives as Emilie has touched in her short sojourn here. Thank you Emilie Parker. You are as an angel to the rest of us, though we know you are much more.