Dear parents of April Jones,
I read the news today that Mark Bridger was found guilty of abducting and murdering your five-year-old daughter, April. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22687971 I read on and on, riveted and horrified that this atrocity could have happened. I saw the picture of your daughter, bent my head, and wept.
Every parent throughout the world, upon hearing your story, seeing your daughter’s photo, is surely grieving for you, with you. Words sound so trite next to the enormity of your loss, particularly since I am not a parent who has been forced to endure what you two must confront, day after day. But I am a parent. And my heart is breaking for you and your loss today.
There is little I can do, nothing more I can offer. But my hope is, that at some point, you are able to scan across the Internet and see the support and encouragement and admiration and humble condolences of people around the world, hundreds of thousands of us, unable to connect with you any other way, but feeling so very connected to your tragedy.
I suppose that’s a new take on the “world-wide web.” If it were something visual, it would be a blanket, knitted by everyone’s words and thoughts, sent your way, with our deepest respects and condolences.
You, your daughter and your whole family, as well as the families of all abducted children, will forever remain in my heart, my thoughts.
To the family of Lizabeth Wilson, abducted at age 13, July 7, 1974, in Prairie Village, KS. We have never forgotten. We will never forget her, nor you, nor that date. Ever.
To the family of 15-year-old Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar, still missing, since her abduction on March 14, 2012. Our hearts are with you. Always.