PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t hear her voice in my head, that I don’t see her face, that I don’t smell her hair, her shampoo.”
Saxophonist Jimmy Greene’s daughter, Ana, was one of the 26 people gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012.
“Getting back to writing and playing made me feel more like myself, and it offered me a way with which to express everything that I’ve been going through,” Greene told KOIN 6 News. “We can’t wrap our minds around what’s happened, even still. The shock and the senselessness of it is still very raw.”
He said he’s gratified by the support Newtown has received from people all over the world. The tragedy that took Ana’s life remains a focus for the nation’s ongoing gun control debate.
“We all agree that these types of gun incidences can’t continue in this country,” he said. “They’re all too common and that’s a very sad commentary.”
As Jimmy Greene remembers Ana, his music is her music.
“One hundred percent of the monies collected to the fund are distributed 26 equal ways and distributed to the families that lost a loved one that day,” he said.
“We believe with our whole hearts that Ana is in paradise with Jesus at this moment.”
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