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Mother of Lauren Belius: "Remember the names of children, the lives they led and the people who loved them"
SHERRILL, N.Y. (WKTV) - Sherrill may be the smallest city in New York State, but it has had more than its fair share of tragedy.
Saturday, it was learned that one of the victim's in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has grandparents who live in Sherrill.
In July of 2011, Sherrill also found itself as a direct victim of violence as six-year-old Lauren Belius was stabbed to death.
Allison Danough, Lauren's mother, reached out following Friday's tragedy in Connecticut. Allison said:
"Everyone says they can't imagine what those families are going through or how they just feel. I do. Those families don't care about all your political agendas regarding gun control or mental illness. They don't want to hear all of everyone's excuses for what he did. They don't care how he got guns or why. They don't care if he was mentally ill and couldn't help himself.
"The last thing you want to see is your beautiful child's face in the news side by side with the monster who took her. Or worse yet, his picture everywhere you look, but no picture of the innocent child who died, the life they had, the love they gave or the people who loved them.
"Instead we are bombarded by the face of the monster who's unspeakable act is glorified. The way our children died is sensationalized and our children, who gave us so many amazing and beautiful memories, are remembered by everyone else, only for how they died and who caused their death.
"My child didn't die because of poor gun control, or mental illness or any other excuse you can think of to rationalize what he did. She died because some people are monsters, plain and simple. There are no causes or excuses. He was a bad, horrible, evil man that we had the misfortune of crossing paths with. It's nobody's fault, but his own.
Stop looking at him. Forget his name. He doesn't matter. Remember the names of all those children, the lives they led and the people who loved them. You want to help those families, talk to them about the life their children had, not their deaths."