Read the Heartbreaking Letters Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s Two Daughters Wrote to Him

Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s wife Jennifer Pinckney, top right, sits with her daughters, Eliana, right, and Malana, left in pink sweater, as President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden are seated lower left, during services honoring the life of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s wife Jennifer Pinckney, top right, sits with her daughters, Eliana, right, and Malana, left in pink sweater, as President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden are seated lower left, during services honoring the life of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The young daughters of the slain Emanuel AME pastor cwrote heartbreaking letters to their father. The letters were included in the funeral program distributed Friday during services at the College of Charleston arena, where President Obama eulogized Pinckney. 

Thousands of mourners flipped through the programs which included photos of the family smiling. One snapshot shows the older daughter wearing a yellow sun dress; her hair twisted with yellow barrettes. The younger daughter with a pink rose hairclip poses in front of Emanuel AME church.

“Dear Daddy,” the younger daughter wrote, “I know you were shot at the Church and you went to Heaven. I love you so much! I know you love me and I know that you know that I love you. You have done so much for me. I can’t say it all. You will be watching over. And you will be in my heart. I love you!”

She signed the letter,
“Love your baby girl and grass hopper, Malana.:

 

The older daughter wrote:

“To My Daddy:

“When someone loves you they care

Even if they are not there

They motivate you two prosper and believe

In any of your dreams

They watch over you day and night

Two make sure you are doing alright

They believe in you and treat you well

And I may not show it but he won’t care

This person I am talking about here today

Is my dear father who passed away

And although he may be gone

He’s there with me all day and night long.

I will always remember and love you.

Eliana—”

Source: Washington Post | DeNeen L. Brown

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