A dad who lost his 7-year-old son in the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut used social media to reach out to Richard Martinez, the father who’s been the face of torment following the mass shooting last weekend near U.C. Santa Barbara.
Mark Barden is the dad of 7-year-old Daniel Barden, who was fatally shot by Adam Lanza at the Newtown, Conn. school on Dec. 14, 2012 along with 19 other children and six adults.
Barden posted an open letter via the Sandy Hook Promise Facebook Page to Martinez, whose son Chris was killed just days ago to reach out in support.
TEXT OF NOTE VIA FACEBOOK:
Dear Richard Martinez,
We have not met, but you are now part of our extended family. It is not a family we chose, but a family born from the horrible circumstance of losing a child to gun violence—one that’s only growing each day. My heart breaks for you because I know just a little about the long road ahead of you. We have reached out to you privately but publicly we wanted to say to you and those feeling the sorrow, anger and frustration of this weeks’ shooting, you are not alone. It has helped me, and some of the other family members who lost children and family at Sandy Hook Elementary, to come together and advocate for common sense solutions to expanding programs for mental wellness and gun safety solutions. You will find your own path down this difficult road. But know that we are here for you and all of you who have been touched by this tragedy. Together we can and will build a safer world for all our children.
With deepest sympathy,