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Toulouse victims’ mother tells parents: ‘Please kiss your children’

Eva Sandler, whose husband and children were gunned down at a Jewish school this week, has issued a plea to parents on an Orthodox Jewish Web site, saying: “Please kiss your children. Tell them how much you love them.”

Friends and relatives comfort Eva Sandler, center, the wife of Jonathan Sandler and the mother of Gabriel 4, Arieh 5, is comforted during their funeral at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem on March 21. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

Sandler lost her husband, Jonathan, and children, Gabriel, 4 and Arieh, 5, when an Islamic militant drove by on a motorcycle spraying gunfire. The shooter, Mohammed Merah, is now dead, following a 31-hour standoff with French commandoes at his Toulouse apartment. The Sandlers were buried in the outskirts of Jerusalem on Wednesday, along with 8-year-old Myriam Monsenego, who was also killed in the shootings.

Sandler wrote Friday that the “spirit of the Jewish people can never be extinguished,” and pleaded with parents to tell their children “how dear it is to your heart that they be living examples of our Torah.”

It was a similar plea to the one issued this week by the father of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was also fatally shot.

Like Sandler, Martin’s father has said he wants to protect other parents from the kind of pain he is experiencing. “Our son did not deserve to die,” Martin told hundreds of people at a rally for justice, the Million Hoodie March. “I want to ensure that no other parents have to go through this again.”

Read Chandler’s plea here.


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