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Dear America,
Today I will begin Father’s Day by going to the cemetery to visit my forever 14 year old daughter Jaime. It is just over 4 months since she was murdered at school. Today, I am too sad to focus on myself and so no need for Father’s Day messages for me. Instead,
I first want to say how thankful I am to have Jesse as my son. I will reverse the meaning of this day and instead honor my son who makes me proud every day and who has shown such amazing strength and resilience. I also want to say how thankful I am that I still have my dad and.
my father in law who have been here for me every minute of every day. I am thankful for my wife and my extended family as we have gone through this brutal hell together. I am also thankful for my amazing community which has stood by our family and given us strength.
For me this year, Father’s Day will simply be a day that reminds me of my loss. Jaime is not here with us because she was a victim of gun violence and I cannot ignore that. On this day, please do not send me Father’s Day messages as I do not intend to focus on myself. Instead,
everyone please post or tweet a very simply message that simply say’s “I commit to vote orange in November #OrangeWaveInNovember.” For all of my dad friends, please do your videos showing your commitment to voting orange in November. Dad’s join me in making Fathers’ Day about
our families and not about us. Father’s Day is a day for us dads to remember our main purpose, and that is our commitment to the safety of our families. Trust me, the fun times stop when you lose one of your children. Do not let your family become the next to suffer like this.

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