Family of San Bernardino victim offer words of comfort to Orlando

- Most of us awakened to the horrific news of the deadliest mass shooting in US history today. 50 dead. 53 injured. Countless hearts broken.

But for the families of December's massacre in San Bernardino, the news was a devastating deja vu.

The Velasco Family lost their precious sister and daughter, Yvette, late last year. They offered these words to the families of those waiting to find their loved ones.

"When I learned it was a terrorist shooting and 50 people were killed I thought immediately of the families...
I would like to say to the families impacted by this act of violence: I am so deeply sorry this has happened. I know what you are going through. I know your pain, and I know there are no words that will ease your suffering. I pray for you all. May you find the strength to endure this hell on earth. I send you LOVE during this most difficult time."

-Erica Porteous, sister of Yvette Velasco


My heart is broken for your pain. I never thought I'd be able to say, "I know your pain", in an instance like this. Losing my baby sister on December 2nd is the worst pain that I have endured in my life. For most of you I'm sure this will be the worst pain you have endured. We are all wounded and these wounds do not heal with time. In a time like this no words are consoling. The human brain's reaction is numbness. But the pain will remain. All that is left to do is to honor our loved ones and to carry on the love they shared here on Earth. We must not allow the terror to overcome. Unity is therapeutic, love is enlightening. May we unite and become stronger through our pain. Know that you are not alone."

With all love and sincerity,
Genevieve Tovar

-Sister of Yvette Velasco

"My family and I are deeply saddened by the senseless and horrific terrorist attack in Orlando. This tragic event has brought back painful memories of the nightmare in San Bernardino where our daughter Yvette's life was taken along with thirteen other innocent lives. We know what those poor families and loved ones of the victims are going through. Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers are with them."

-Robert L. Velasco, Father of Yvette Velasco

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