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Ana Marquez-Green, a life taken far too soon

Updated on July 29, 2013

Ana Marquez-Green


If she had lived, what would she be?

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here's what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future's not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera

Sandy Hook tragedy Friday, December 14, 2012

I have watched all coverage on the Sandy Hook Massacre since it was first reported. We started without knowing a count of the dead. Then we heard of 20 children and 7 adults. As time progressed, we started hearing names and ages and stories of heroism. The tipping point for me was when personal stories were associated with pictures and we were introduced to the beautiful lives and souls of these innocent children who had their whole lives ahead of them.

Ana Marquez-Green listed among the deceased

As I watched the video of Ana Marquez-Green, sitting at the piano with her brother, I cried uncontrollably. Her voice was absolutely beautiful as she sang to her brother’s piano accompaniment. Ana’s father, a jazz musician and college professor, moved his family to Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook represented a beautiful, peaceful, safe place to raise a family.

Anna's family will never be the same without her


Ana wrote love notes to her parents

“In her short life, Ana strengthened us with her loving, generous joyful spirit. She routinely committed selfless acts of kindness: every drawing or craft project she began was envisioned not for her own enjoyment, but as a gift for another. She often left sweet notes that read, ‘I love you Mom and Dad,’ under our bedroom pillow - not on special occasions, but, rather, on ordinary days. She would not allow me to kiss her goodbye. Instead, when I bent down to kiss her, she would take a step backwards, poke out her lips and wait for me to lower my cheek - she made it clear that she wanted to do the kissing,” the family wrote.


Ana will never meet her potential her on earth. She could have followed in her father’s footsteps and become a great jazz musician. She could have become a teacher. She could have become a mother.

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

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Ana Marquez-Green, a life taken too soon

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      She is such a beautiful child. I was so moved when I read about her family. Each child has a story. Thank you for reading Michele. I had a video of her singing which was totally precious. Seems I didn't have permission so the link died. I hope I didn't offend the family. I just though everyone should hear that precious young lady.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is horrible for the families of the children. It so sad for such a loss I have no words for a person who has suffered such a loss. It is like what you said "heartbreaking"

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 5 years ago from Fontana

      As I look into the life of each child I am deeply grieved. We hear statistics all the time and say "too bad." But to get to know these lovely kids is heartbreaking.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi diane, there are no words to describe the whole thing, its just so tragic. I saw the video clip of ana on the news. They covered the news of it over here for 24 hours without a break, I was stunned, and horrified. God bless her and all of them, nell