The children of the shooting instructor killed by a nine-year-old girl have penned an emotional letter to her — and have taken turns reading their pledge of forgiveness on a video.
Personal injury lawyer Marc Lamber, who represents the Vacca family, uploaded the video onto his firm’s website, the Daily Mail reports.
In it, Christopher Vacca, 11; Tylor Vacca, 14; Elizabeth Vacca, 15, and Ashley Moser, 19, address the camera saying: “You’re only 9 years old… We think about you.”
“We are worried about you. We pray for you, and we wish you peace,” they say. “Our dad would want the same thing.”
Elizabeth added that her father would have wanted the little girl to move on.
“You should not let that define you. You should love yourself and love your family,” she said.
A still from the video.
America’s ABC News reports that a member of Lamber Goodnow, James Goodnow, said it was the children’s idea to write the letter.
“I was touched when they told me they wanted to do this,” Goodnow said. “It’s rare to see something so human in a legal situation like this.”
“This is about extending out, reaching out to someone who was hurt by this, and saying it’s OK,” he said.
The Vacca family has previously said their prayers are with the little girl and her family.
Speaking on the Today show late last month, Ashley said her father’s death was something they were “all going to have to live with”.
“We know it was a tragic accident and that it’s something that we’re all going to have to live with,” she said.
“We really do want the prayers to be going out to the family of the little girl.
“Our thoughts and our prayers are with them. We don’t want their life to revolve around this.”
Mamamia previously reported…
By KATE LEAVER
A nine year old girl has killed a man with a machine gun.
The young girl was standing in the desert, armed with a gun thicker than her own arm. She was learning to aim and shoot at a target roughly 15m away. A male instructor was gently teaching her to handle the lethal weapon.
When the girl’s parents started filming her target practice, they thought they were capturing the proud moment their child learned the American tradition of shooting an automatic weapon.