The Tot Dad Remembers

The Tot Dad Remembers June 10, 2011

Last Friday marked an important anniversary date for Karly.

David remembered that day in a special way. He and Liz paid Karly a special visit. They brought along these gorgeous flowers and Kylie, the princess dog, and a book.

Not just any book mind you.

This was a special book.

“Walter the Farting Dog.”

(Please, Kylie, take no offense. We know you would never do such a thing in public.)

“Walter the Farting Dog” is Karly’s favorite book that she never got to read.

That’s a quote from her daddy.

The book was purchased for her by a friend before she died, but David didn’t receive it until after Karly was murdered.

Still, David knows without a doubt that it would have been Karly’s favorite book because Karly loved Shriek, and everyone knows what a gas he is.

Books are a comforting thing. Usually parents read them with their children curled up next to them on the couch, in the bed, on a blanket in the park. But the only place David can sit with Karly now and read to her is at her graveside.

Last Friday was the first time that the anniversary of Karly’s death fell on the same day that her murder took place.

David, Liz and I are looking forward to sharing Karly’s own story with you very soon.

“A powerful and haunting story that details all the good that even well-intentioned people fail to do. Karen Spears Zacharias’ account of Karly’s life and death is all the more harrowing with the realization that there are probably dozens of Karlys in every city in our country, going through similar nightmares everyday. As the mother of two young children I found my heart breaking with the turning of each page, and yet I didn’t dare put the book down.”

—Rebekah Sanderlin journalist/editor

For more information about Karen Zacharias or about Karly’s story, please contact Alanna Ramirez/Trident Media/NYC.

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