The nation seemed to stand still as news of the Newton School massacre spread. America’s heartstrings are being tugged at even more as intimate details about the victims and their families are being revealed. One of the most heartbreaking stories is that of the beautiful and blossoming relationship between Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene and his six-year-old daughter Ana Marquez-Greene that tragically came to an end last Friday when she was murdered during the school shooting.
According to her family, Ana and Jimmy shared a musical bond. She is said to have loved music just like her father and was a budding musician as well.
“In a musical family, her gift for melody, pitch and rhythm stood out remarkably. And she never walked anywhere – her mode of transportation was dance. She danced from room to room and place to place… She danced to all the music she heard, whether in air or in her head,” a family member told NBC Connecticut.
It is being reported by the Associated Press that little Ana and her family had just moved to Connecticut from Canada a mere two months prior to the school shooting.
“They looked for the best school for their daughter, the best,” a family member told The Associated Press.
According to the Huffington Post, On his 2009 album entitled “Mission Statement” Greene recorded a song in honor of his baby girl called “Ana Grace” in which he musically expresses his love and admiration for her.
The musician recently took to his Facebook page to thank everyone for their love and support during his time of bereavement.
“As much as she’s needed here and missed by her mother, brother and me, Ana beat us all to paradise. I love you sweetie girl,” he posted.
It is truly heartbreaking to think of all that this little girl could have grown up to be. Our prayers go out to the Marquez-Greene family and we hope that they are are able t find solace in the midst of this challenging time.
You can listen to the song composed for Ana Grace the next page and click here to watch a video of her singing “Come Thou Almighty King” with her brother.