Tuesday, February 26 2013, 02:37 PM MST
Family Speaks At Memorial Service For Emilie Parker
(KUTV) One of the twenty students killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut was 6-year-old Emilie Parker.
“This sucks, there is no reason for us to be here tonight,” Robbie Parker began his speech at a memorial service held for his daughter Emilie on Thursday at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden.
He, along with friends and family, wore green to the memorial service, the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School, to show support to the other grieving families.
Although the Parkers live in Connecticut, they chose to return to Ogden to bury Emilie Parker. Ogden is where the family is from and Emilie was born.
During his speech, Robbie explained how it has been hard mourning in the public eye, but that he knows everyone’s intentions are pure and heartfelt. He thanked everyone for their touching tributes.
“As we were coming up the roads and started to see all the ribbons and all the tributes,” Robbie said, “It really made Alissa and I feel like we were getting a big hug from everybody.”
He was speaking about the pink ribbons bathing the Ogden community tied by 100 volunteers in support of the Parker-Cottle family.
The Mayor of Ogden, Mike Caldwell, spoke at the memorial service. He shared the communities support for the family.
Following Mayor Caldwell’s speech was a video documenting Emilie’s short life in pictures.
Karen Parker, Emilie’s grandmother, and Brady Cottle, Emilie’s uncle, also spoke at the memorial service.
Emilie's grandmother was emotional as she said, "I am so honored that I had the opportunity to be her grandma."
Brady shared memories of Emilie written by her cousins and siblings.
After the service, attendees met on the 50 yard line of Ben Lomond to release sky lanterns for each victim of the shooting and participate in a moment of silence.
The viewing and funeral for Emilie will be held Saturday in Ogden. It is closed to the public. However, the public is encouraged to line the funeral procession from 7th and Monroe to 100 Monroe in Ogden at 11:30am on Saturday.
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