PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A father’s grief and anger boiled over Friday as the primary victims of the Florida highschool bloodbath have been buried.
With greater than 1,000 mourners together with Gov. Rick Scott packed into Temple Ok’ol Tikvah, Andrew Pollack regarded down on the plain pine coffin of his 18-year-old daughter, Meadow, after which informed the group, “I’m very indignant and upset about what transpired.”
“You killed my child!” he yelled, referring to Nikolas Cruz, who’s accused of gunning down Meadow Pollack, 13 different Marjory Stoneman Douglas college students, the athletic director, a coach and a geography instructor on Wednesday. “My child is lifeless. It goes by way of my head all day and all night time. I preserve listening to it. That is simply unimaginable that I’ll by no means see my princess once more.” He briefly paused as mourners, punched by the rawness of his phrases, started to wail.
“I’ve all the time been capable of defend my household,” he stated. “Our youngsters needs to be protected however my princess wasn’t protected.”
Hunter Pollack, 29, stated he had all the time been overprotective of his youthful sister, who had been planning to attend Lynn College in Boca Raton.
“I really feel like I failed,” he stated. “I hope (Cruz) will get what he deserves. I do know he would if me and my household acquired maintain of him.”
Others described a younger lady who was “lovely in and out,” who liked to hug and smile. Rabbi Bradd Boxman urged mourners to do an act of kindness in Meadow’s reminiscence.
“We should carry Meadow’s love ahead and never let it die in a pine wooden field,” Boxman stated.
Pollack’s funeral got here shortly after the primary service for a sufferer, 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff. About 1,000 folks crowded the Star of David chapel, its lobby and stood 15-deep exterior.
These exterior stood respectfully, straining to listen to the nameless voices chanting Jewish prayers and remembering the star soccer participant as having “the strongest character” and a artistic author with a memorable smile.
The strongest male voice informed the mourners, “I ask you to stay your life in full for Alyssa. Be robust for Alyssa. Be form for Alyssa.”
The women have been buried hours aside at Star of David Cemetery.