At memorial, Emilie’s dad laments loss, thanks community

Robbie Parker stood in the middle of the high school where hemet his future bride, a few miles from the small house where the couple started a family and an eternity from the life he knew just seven days ago.

It took him a few seconds to compose himself Thursday night as he looked over the large crowd trying to absorb some of the grief for him. His voice cracked.

"This sucks," he said. "There is no reason to be here."

Except there was.

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