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Mother of former Win­nipeg girl killed in New­town writes about death

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WIN­NIPEG • The mother of a former Win­nipeg girl who was killed in the ele­men­tary school shoot­ing in Con­necti­cut is com­ment­ing pub­licly about the death of her daugh­ter for the first time.

Six-year-old Ana Mar­quez-Greene was one of 20 chil­dren and seven women killed when a gun­man opened fire in New­town, Conn., on Dec. 14.

Her mother, Nelba Mar­quezGreene, has posted a mes­sage on Face­book un­der the head­line “From a griev­ing mother on Christ­mas Day.”

In the mes­sage, Mar­quez-Greene wrote that on the day Ana died she was wear­ing a white T-shirt with a pur­ple peace sign on the front.

She said the last thing she re­mem­bers was giv­ing her girl, who had beau­ti­ful caramel skin and a shock of curly brown hair, two hugs be­fore she got on the school bus.

Mar­quez-Greene said no lock­down pro­ce­dure in the world could have stopped some­one with the kind of gun­power and am­mu­ni­tion car­ried by the shooter.

“I have a Christ­mas wish,” she wrote.

“I want to live in a bet­ter Amer­ica — one where our lead­ers are work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively for the good of the peo­ple and the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren. Please! No more! Ya basta!.”

She then pays trib­ute to her daugh­ter.

“Sweet Ana, I know our heal­ing as a fam­ily will come only from our heav­enly Fa­ther. I know this is your best Christ­mas yet — at home with our Lord and Saviour. As your mom I just wish we could have had a few more to cel­e­brate here on earth. You died so need­lessly.

“For Christ­mas I bought you a Kin­dle Fire HD the night be­fore you died. My Christ­mas prom­ise to you now is to con­tinue to love the Lord with all my heart, mind and strength and to do what­ever I can to make sure more kids can be safe ... and to send out the mes­sage that “love wins”. I still sleep with your spe­cial blan­ket, most nights in your bed.”

Mar­quez-Greene then of­fers some ad­vice to peo­ple read­ing her post.

“Hug your loved ones tight! Joy­ous Christ­mas Sea­son and a Blessed New Year to all!”

The girl and her fam­ily had only re­cently moved back to Con­necti­cut af­ter liv­ing in Win­nipeg for three years.

Her fa­ther Jimmy Greene, is a mu­si­cian and pro­fes­sor who is well-known in Win­nipeg’s jazz com­mu­nity.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple came to­gether in Win­nipeg last Satur­day to mourn Ana’s loss by watch­ing her funeral on a video feed that was shown at Grant Me­mo­rial Bap­tist Church.

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REMEMBERIN­G ANA MAR­QUEZ-GREENE ?? Ana Mar­quez-Greene, 6, was one of 20 chil­dren killed when a gun­man opened fire at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School.
AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS/FAM­ILY PHOTO VIA REMEMBERIN­G ANA MAR­QUEZ-GREENE Ana Mar­quez-Greene, 6, was one of 20 chil­dren killed when a gun­man opened fire at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School.

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