By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hartford Courant
12:23 PM PST, January 14, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y.
The fight against gun violence shouldn't focus too tightly on one possible solution, the father of a 6-year-old who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre said on national television Monday.
"Focusing on one or another, I don't think would be as effective as … a holistic approach," said Jimmy Greene, father of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, said in a pre-recorded interview on Good Morning America.
In the brief interview, Greene and his wife, Nelba Marquez-Greene, talked about their loss and their quest to improve safety through a new, nonprofit group called Sandy Hook Promise. The group was introduced later Monday — the one-month anniversary of the massacre. They appeared with Tom Bittman, a co-founder of the organization.
A website for Sandy Hook Promise (www.sandyhookpromise.org) went live Sunday night. The group asks people to promise two things:
* To honor the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and
* To do everything they can to encourage and support common sense solutions that make their communities and country safer from similar acts of violence.
"Obviously, we need to make our schools, our streets, our malls, our public places safer," Greene said during the interview. Access to mental health treatment also has to be improved, he said.
Greene, a jazz musician and teacher, said Ana was "full of life, full of love,"
"She gave the best hugs and the best kisses," he said. "We look at her empty bed now and we're just overcome by the grief. A month out, it still hasn't lessened."
On Dec. 14, Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing Marquez-Greene, 6, 19 other students and six staff members. Lanza earlier had killed his mother at their nearby home.
Greene's wife, Nelba Marquez-Greene, wore a flower in her hair during the interview to honor her daughter, who used to wear such accessories with flair.
"She was kind, she was loving, she was smart," she said. "She was also a fashionista."
She hopes her daughter will be remembered as a child who was passionate about "loving God and loving people."
"I hope that will be a legacy," Nelba Marquez-Greene said. "Love will prevail in this."
Friends have established the Ana Grace Fund at http://www.anagracefund.com as a way to provide financial assistance to the immediate family of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene.
Donations in her memory may also be made to the 'Ana Grace Márquez-Greene Memorial Bursary' at the University of Winnipeg at http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/donate-now and to 'Ana's Bursary' fund by contacting Linden Christian School at http://www.lindenchristian.org/general-contacts/.
Courant Staff Writer Matthew Sturdevant contributed to this report.
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