As details continue to emerge in the case of the Krim family nanny killings, the public focus is largely on Yoselyn Oretega's alleged motive for stabbing 2-year-old Leo and 6-year-old Lucia (Lulu) in the bath. All of us, parents in particular, are desperately trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. But no matter why or how it happened, nothing can change the fact that two beautiful children are gone. Two innocent lives have been lost, and those lives need to be honored even as their death is investigated.
Somehow, through their grief, parents Marina and Kevin Krim have recognized this need. And yesterday, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Lulu and Leo were remembered in a heartbreaking memorial service filled with Lulu's artwork, photos of the children, flowers, music, and tears.
In a statement, the Krims said:
We want to thank you for your extraordinary outpouring of love and kindness. Lulu and Leo were 2 of our 3 best friends, and we miss them so much. Our daughter Nessie is very strong, and with your support we will be strong for her.
Today we gathered family and friends to celebrate the beautiful lives of Lulu and Leo. It is important to us that they are remembered as the sweet, creative, and fun-loving children that they were.
Marina and Kevin also announced the Lulu & Leo Fund, which will "support participatory art and science education for young children in schools, museums, and other community institutions."
"Lulu’s art classes provided some of her most joyful and enriching moments. We’d like to help other children obtain access to similarly great experiences."
So sweet. So sad. I can barely bring myself to look at Lulu's cheery, colorful artwork -- happy faces, sunny skies. The broad, bright strokes so familiar to any mom or dad whose little one has ever picked up a paintbrush. Promise. Joy. All gone.
What would you say to Marina and Kevin Krim?
Image via lululeomemorial.tumblr.com