NEW YORK—The parents of two young children killed last fall allegedly by their nanny are speaking out publicly for the first time about their loss, saying they draw strength to go on from their surviving 4-year-old daughter.
Kevin and Marina Krim, whose children Lucia "Lulu", 6, and Leo, 2, were found stabbed to death in their Manhattan home last October, write on a Facebook page established in their kids’ honor that their daughter, Nessie, is helping them to recover from their heartbreaking loss.
“She is very smart, beautiful and tough,” Kevin Krim, a CNBC media executive, wrote in a message on Facebook. “She’s grown so much over the past two months. She saves us every day.”
On Oct. 26, Marina Krim returned to the family apartment with Nessie after a swimming lesson to find her two other children stabbed to death in a bathtub. Police say she also found Yoselyn Ortega, the family nanny, who had slit her own throat. Ortega, who has been hospitalized since the killings, was charged with first-degree murder in the deaths. Ortega has pleaded not guilty.
After the funerals, Kevin, a CNBC executive, and Marina, a stay-at-home mom, returned to their native California to be closer to their families. At the same time, they established the Lulu & Leo Fund to raise money for arts and sciences and began writing brief entries on Facebook, a page that quickly gained more than 5,000 followers. The page was first reported by the New York Post.
Most of the entries have been pictures and memories of Leo and Lulu, but last month the Krims took to Facebook to express their condolences in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed 26 lives, including 20 children.
“We are hurting so much as we think about the violent tragedy in Newtown,” the Krims wrote. “As parents who are dealing with loss and grief, we understand how much these children will be missed every minute of every day.”
As they continue to grieve, the Krims announced via Facebook that they would return to New York to begin rebuilding their lives there. Last week, they left Southern California, where their families live, to begin a cross-country road trip with friends back to New York—and have been documenting their drive on the social site.
“Along the way, we are hoping to experience some inspiring moments that will help us with our healing and rebuilding when we get back to NYC,” the Krims wrote.