‘Did I Say I Love You?’: Parkland Father Recounts Morning of Shooting on One-Year Anniversary

Fred and Jamie Guttenberg
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Fred Guttenberg posted a heartbreaking message on Twitter Thursday that reflected on the death of his daughter, Jaime, in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, on the tragic event’s one-year anniversary.

“Exactly one year ago, to the minute at around 7am, I sent two kids to school,” Guttenberg wrote. “Only my son Jesse came home. Jaime was murdered in school. I am forever haunted by my memory of that morning, rushing my kids out the door rather than getting one last minute. Did I say I love you?”

Guttenberg shared photos of his daughter who was 14 years old at the time of her death.

“It was not supposed to be the last time I would see Jaime,” Guttenberg continued on another tweet.

“For those who still want to deny the reality of gun violence, my daughter IS Jaime Guttenberg. I will be visiting her today at the cemetery. Jaime, I love you forever and miss you every second of every day.”

Jaime was one of the 17 people killed on February 14, 2018. Fourteen of the victims were high school students.

Since the shooting, Guttenberg has become a prominent voice in the anti-gun violence movement. He started the organization Orange Ribbons for Jaime, which pushes for gun reform laws and donates to various charities.

“Today is a day of remembrance,” the organization posted on Twitter Thursday.

“Remembering Jaime and the 16 other victims from the 02.14.2018 MSD tragedy, as well as all the others that are lost every day by senseless gun violence.”

Guttenberg has made his presence well known on Capitol Hill as well as in Parkland. He attended Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing in September where he attempted to introduce himself to the then-nominee justice. Kavanaugh seemingly ignored him.

More recently, Guttenberg was invited to the State of the Union as a guest of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

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