Katie, you should be twelve

1 Mar

Katie McCarron, you were beautiful and wonderful and loved by your father and grandparents and I’m sure so many more. Here’s what your grandfather had to say shortly after your passing:

I would like to say something about Katie. Some newspapers have reported that this was done to end Katie’s pain; let me assure you that Katie was not in pain. She was a beautiful, precious and happy little girl. Each day she was showered with love and returned that love with hugs, kisses and laughter. Katie loved music; she would fill in some of the words in children’s songs as my wife would sing along with the CD that would be playing, their own version of karaoke. She liked to dance, she loved to do the hooky poky. She loved being in among flowers and tall grass. She would say “I like grass”. She enjoyed the zoo and because of all of the drills and flashcards she could identify the animals. Which I thought was pretty amazing for such a young child. She was also the only little child in her non-autistic play group that could identify an octagon. My wife and son had a party for her the day they heard that from the teacher.

I am writing about you today because it is a day of mourning in our community. A day when we remember those we failed to defend. For each of us there may be one out of the many murdered who touches us most deeply. I write about you today because it is a day of mourning. I think about you often.

If I recall correctly you should be turning thirteen later this year. I wonder how that wonderful smile would have matured. I know that there were people in your life who would be cherishing you and loving you. You deserved that.


By Matt Carey

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4 Responses to “Katie, you should be twelve”

  1. amandasmills March 1, 2015 at 16:23 #

    Reblogged this on Nature in the City.

  2. reissd March 1, 2015 at 20:43 #

    Heartbreaking.

    • Lawrence March 1, 2015 at 21:38 #

      My heart breaks over this girl….what a sad story.

  3. Patricia March 2, 2015 at 17:45 #

    Reblogged this on Spectrum Perspectives and commented:
    Sadness and anger

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