It’s been 14 days since 6-year-old Ana Grace Márquez-Greene was killed in the mass school shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn., but she’s far from forgotten. In fact, nearly 350,000 people around the globe have been paying visits to her through cyberspace.
In addition to setting up a music scholarship in their daughter’s name, Ana’s family also started a tribute to her on Facebook called, “Remembering Ana Marquez-Greene.” The timeline begins on December 17, with a video of Anna singing along to her brother playing the piano, accompanied by the caption: “Share this far and wide. Let the world know the victims — not the shooter.”
The page reached 2,000 likes in approximately 10 hours and 20,000 likes in two days. Ana’s mom, Nelba Márquez-Greene, reminds everyone to share the page widely as a reminder that “love wins.” She also seems to be reminding herself the same thing. On December 22, she wrote:
“I miss you baby girl. Sweet caramel princess. African American, Puerto Rican Canadian with a wee bit of Irish. Your dad, mom and brother are missing you a lot. But as your daddy said, “you beat us to paradise.” I hope you enjoy your home going today. A big choir is going to sing! We will honor your classmates you loved so dearly too. As well as the teachers and staff. Love wins. Love wins. Love wins.”
Thousands of Facebook users, who did not even know Ana personally, shower the page with caring messages.
Carolyn Carmardo Foley said, “Love does win, thank you for sharing such a great message in such a time of pain, I did not know Ana but I miss her too!”
But no one misses the little girl who loved to sing and dance wherever she went, who was shot while wearing an Old Navy purplish-gray sweat suit with “Peace” written across the leg and arm, like her parents and brother.
Just yesterday, her father wrote:
“I wish this page weren’t necessary. I wish I could have had the pleasure of seeing my daughter’s smiling face, running across our front lawn from the school bus two Fridays ago, safe and sound. I wish I never had to feel my son’s body slump in my arms as I told him his sister, his best friend and playmate, was murdered at their school. I wish his ears never heard and his little mind …never was forced to process the gruesome sounds and sights at school that morning. I wish I could have protected them from such horror – I wish I could have been there at Sandy Hook School that morning. I wish I could enter a room in my house without being overcome by grief, remembering Ana’s presence in the little things: the smell of her shampoo, the sound of her singing or snoring or saying “Hi Daddy!”
It is because these wishes won’t come true, he says, that he finds comfort on this Facebook page.