The family and classmates of a Parkland victim wrote heartfelt notes on her 15th birthday
Today would have been Jaime Guttenberg’s 15th birthday. Tragically, her life was cut short when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Family, friends, and classmates took to Twitter to share heartbreaking messages about the teen, who they called a sweet and talented young woman.
Fred Guttenberg began his gutwrenching Twitter thread by saying that he won’t be able to celebrate his daughter’s birthday.
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY GIRL!!! Today, Jaime should be turning 15. I should be taking her for her drivers permit. Her family and her friends should be celebrating with her,” he wrote. “TODAY, JAIME IS STILL 14. SHE WILL BE 14 FOREVER. Because of gun violence, we will not be celebrating her birthday. Instead, we are broken, crying and mourning. ”
He talked about never getting to see his daughter graduate, get a job, walk her down the aisle, and have children.
This Friday should be my daughter Jaime's 15th birthday. Instead, we will be mourning the fact that she will be forever 14. For those who have paid attention to my fight to make sure we do all we can to limit preventable gun violence, thank you!!!https://t.co/Q7dpR2DlGf pic.twitter.com/J8qWR9ptF3
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 11, 2018
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY GIRL!!! Today, Jaime should be turning 15. I should be taking her for her drivers permit. Her family and her friends should be celebrating with her. TODAY, JAIME IS STILL 14. SHE WILL BE 14 FOREVER. Because of gun violence, we will not be celebrating— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 13, 2018
her birthday. Instead, we are broken, crying and mourning. Today, I am thinking of all of the things that I wish I could be doing with you, some as simple as watching our favorite TV shows. Today, I am thinking about the fact that I will never see you dance again, never see— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 13, 2018
you graduate, or never get to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine since that day on July 13, 2003 when I laid eyes on you, and that is to walk you down the isle at your wedding. Today, I am thinking of the job that you will never work at or the grandchildren that I will never meet.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 13, 2018
Guttenberg added that he watched his daughter’s Bat Mitzvah video to feel connected with her, and came across footage of her when she was still in the womb.
“How fitting that the video starts with Jaime’s heartbeat before she was actually born and ends with the song Hall Of Fame and the words ‘and the worlds gonna know your name,'” he wrote. “Jaime Guttenberg, the world knows your name.”
In my need to get connected to Jaime this morning, I watched her Bat Mitzvah video from two years ago and decided to attach that here. This pretty much captures what Jaime meant to all of us and what the world is missing. How fitting that the video starts with Jaime's— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 13, 2018
heartbeat before she was actually born and ends with the song Hall Of Fame and the words "and the worlds gonna know your name." Jaime Guttenberg, the world knows your name. I promise you baby girl, your name and memory will not be in vein. No parent or sibling should ever— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 13, 2018
preventable gun violence. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAIME. Mommy, Jesse, and I love you and miss you every second of every day. Our world is forever changed and I will not stop fighting for you. #OrangeRibbonsForJaime #OragneWaveInNovember.https://t.co/fuFgGL600g— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) July 13, 2018
Jamie’s mom Jennifer took to Facebook to share powerful words about loss and the need for common sense gun laws.
“I should be posting pictures of her smiling and holding her driver’s permit,” she wrote. “She should be driving a car today. She should be spending the day with her family and friends and not laying in a grave. I feel sick. I am horrified. I feel more sad than I’ve ever felt in my life. I am heartbroken. I am empty.”
Jamie’s siblings, Jordana and Jesse, also posted loving, heartbreaking messages on their sister’s birthday.
“2016: I surprised her with her gift at nationals, 2017: I took her to dinner at The Melting Pot,” Jordana wrote. “2018: I sat alone at her grave and read her a birthday card.”
Jaime would’ve turned 15 today.
2016: I surprised her with her gift at nationals
2017: I took her to dinner at The Melting Pot
2018: I sat alone at her grave and read her a birthday card
This isn’t the way things should be. Happy birthday in heaven, my sweet little sister. 🧡 pic.twitter.com/ol9fXu4WAN
— Jordana Comiter (@jordanacomiter) July 13, 2018
Happy bday to my sister. I miss you each and every day, and it sucks that you can’t be getting your permit today. Couldn’t wait to see you drive. I love you Jaime. Fly high and keep dancing🧡🧡 #orangeribbonsforjaime
— Jesse Guttenberg (@JesseGuttenberg) July 13, 2018
Messages from former classmates, teachers, and friends poured in as well.
@marcorubio I visited your FL office today and even though you wouldn’t even let us in to the building where we tried to arrange a meeting I gave one of your staffers the present that I brought for you. He said he’ll give it to you but just in case it doesn’t make it here you go pic.twitter.com/pcZ5qpMNhI
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) July 13, 2018
Happy birthday beautiful. Jaime would be 15 today but she was taken from us far too soon. Hope you’re still dancing with the angels. We miss you more n more everyday 🧡 #OrangeRibbonsForJaime pic.twitter.com/rFzFm1TNdf
— natasha #NeverAgain (@sighnatasha) July 13, 2018
Wishing a very happy birthday to Jaime. She would’ve turned 15 today. I only had her as a student for six months, but she has made an impact on my life forever. We will never stop fighting for you! 🧡
— Sarah Lerner, CJE (@mrs_lerner) July 13, 2018
If you’d like to make a donation in Jamie’s memory you can give to the Guttenberg’s foundation Orange Ribbons for Jamie, which delivers funds directly to causes that were close to their daughter’s heart, including dance, anti-bullying, and children with special needs.