Emotional Florida father, the word, during the shooting massacre vigil, he tells his daughter for the last time

Fred Guttenberg, left, gave an emotional speech Thursday night about his daughter, Jamie, center, at a vigil for the Florida school shooting victims.


Speaking of the hundreds of people at a vigil in Florida Thursday night, father Fred Guttenberg described his 14-year-old daughter for the last time Wednesday morning, just hours before she was murdered in one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern AMERICAN history.

Speaking to the crowd of mourners at the Pine Trails Park Amphitheater in the Park, Fred explained that during the rush of his family’s morning routine, “sometimes things get so crazy” and Jamie would run in the house with a “I have to go, dad!” without fully saying goodbye.

“I don’t always get to say I love you,” Fred said of their morning. “I don’t know if I said that Jamie yesterday morning.”

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Fred, whose son Jesse survived the massacre, told the crowd that his main priority is to protect his children.

“She was supposed to be safe,” Fred said about sending his daughter to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wednesday morning. “My task is the protection of my children, and I sent my child to school.”

“Jamie was a very special child,” Fred said, looking back at his daughter. “She was the life of the party, she was the energy in the room. They made people laugh, and yes, sometimes made them cry. But she was always known. She always made her presence felt.”

Jamie Guttenberg volunteered with The Friendship Initiative, an organization that “brings together children with special needs together with their colleagues who are all student volunteers,” founder Jeb Niewood told Fox News.

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Fred, who added that he recently lost his brother to a Sept. 11-related illness, said: “What is unfathomable is Jamie took a bullet, and is dead. I don’t know what I should do now.”

In the middle of Wednesday in the chaos, Fred wrote on Facebook that his son was found safe, but that the Guttenbergs “not with Jamie.”

He confirmed that Jamie was killed in the shooting.


“My heart is broken,” Fred wrote. “We lost our daughter and my son Jesse Guttenberg lost his sister. I am devastated as I write this, trying to figure out how my family is.”

In a Park, on Thursday night, Fred said that his family is “broken” and said that the children need to understand that “when you look at us parents as if we are crazy, if we try to hard to protect you … just do not forget that it is because we love you, and we never want to go through the tragedy of losing you.”

“Parents,” Fred said, “the Love of your children, love your children, kiss your children, and don’t ever, ever miss the chance to tell them how much you love them.”

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