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Mom of Newtown Victim Offers Words of Advice to Orlando

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    Jimmy Greene, left, kisses his wife Nelba Marquez-Greene as he holds a portrait of their daughter, Sandy Hook School shooting victim Ana Marquez-Greene at a news conference at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. One month after the mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the parents joined a grassroots initiative called Sandy Hook Promise to support solutions for a safer community. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Nelba Márquez-Greene was not aware of the mass shooting at the nightclub Orlando until friends began calling to make sure she was OK, but her life and those of the victims’ families are now forever linked.

    Márquez-Greene’ s young daughter, Ana, was also killed in a mass shooting.

    Ana was one of the young students killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, 2012.

    The Greene family's motto has been "love wins" and that message resonates through Márquez-Greene's Facebook post on Sunday, but she also offers advice that could only come from someone who has been through the worst imaginable tragedy.

    “I am sorry. I am so, so sorry. I am sorry that our tragedy here in Sandy Hook wasn't enough to save your loved ones. I tried and I won't stop trying. Don't you dare even listen to even ONE person who may insinuate that somehow this is your loved ones fault because they were gay or any other reason. Nor is it God's wrath,” she wrote.

    “They did that to us on Sandy Hook- too. And it broke my heart. You will receive love from a million places. Embrace it. Take good care of yourself. This will be a forever journey. Some ugly will come your way too. Delete. Ignore. Let it go,” the post says.

    This is the entire poignant post.

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