The father of one of the children slain in  yesterday’s Sandy Hook Elementary shooting offered forgiveness to the shooter,  saying his love went out to them as well.

Robbie Parker, who lost his six-year-old  daughter Emilie in the massacre yesterday said: ‘I’d live to offer our deepest  condolences to all the families who were directly affected. It’s a horrific  tragedy, and our hearts go out to them.

‘This includes the family of the shooter, and  I want you to know that our love and support go out to you as well.’

Speaking live on CNN Saturday evening, Mr  Parker, 30, was barely maintaining his composure as he spoke of his slain  daughter, saying that he was ‘so blessed’ to be her dad.

Loving family: Robbie Parker, pictured with his wife and three daughters with Emilie on the far right

The 30-year-old physician’s assistant said he  wanted to get his message out to the greatest amount of people possible, saying  that the medium of television was probably the best way to alert friends and  family as to how he and his wife are coping.

‘I’ve been contacted by so many people  wanting to know how we’re doing that this might be the best way to share those  feelings,’ he said, saying that he extended his condolences to all of the other  parents and family members who lost a child in the ‘horrible  tragedy.’

In a remarkable turn of grace, Mr Parker also  said that he offered condolences to the family of the shooter, Adam Lanza.

Horrible day: Robert and Alissa Parker pictured yesterday leaving the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire House in tears after they found out their daughter was killed

‘I want you to know that our love and support  go out to you as well,’ he said.

Emilie’s card-making was especially beautiful  this last October as she placed a card into the casket of her grandfather, who  also recently died because of a tragic accident.’

He continued: ‘Emilie’s laughter was  infectious, and everyone who met her would agree that the world was a better  place because she was in it.’

A reporter in the audience asked Mr Parker to  describe yesterday morning with Emilie, the last the two would ever  share.

He said the morning started off just as any  other. She was getting ready for school and said goodbye on her way out. ‘She  said that she loved me, and gave me a kiss, and was out the door,’ the  grief-stricken father said.

Disbelief: The couple walk away from the firehouse Friday after the gunman opened fire, killing 26, including 20 children

To close his moving eulogy, Mr Parker said  that if there is anything to be learned from the massacre, it was that people  should be ‘more compassionate and more humble people.’

Twenty children and six adults were killed  when Adam Lanza opened fire on the once-peaceful town of Newtown, Connecticut,  sending ripples of shock to through the nation.

The grade school shooting was one of the  worst in history, second only to the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, where 32  people were shot dead.


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