Peaceful graffiti message written on Sandy Hook playground in Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–The Ana Marquez Greene Memorial playground has been open to the public for just over a month, and already someone did what many call some damage. But, not according to Ana’s mother.

Nelba Marquez Greene says her phone was ringing non-stop with upset people letting her know about the graffiti. At first, she was bothered, but when she heard the words were “Peace to Sandy Hook, ” her feelings changed.

“Somebody wrote a message of peace,” Marquez Greene said. “For someone that tag was like the people who sent teddy bears, blankets. They wanted to send a message of peace and we understand that.”

She says when she showed up this morning to see the graffiti, her day got even better.

“A firefighter showed up. I said, ‘No it’s okay it’s already clean,’ and he said I came this morning and did it.'”

Now that the graffiti is all cleaned up, Ana’s mother is welcoming more graffiti, but it’s not what you think.

“We’re looking into getting donations to get a graffiti board up so that kids maybe if they want to tag something, they could put it up on a board.”

She says she came up with the idea last night after hanging up the phone with all the concerned callers.

“We’d love to give the kids in the city a way to express their condolences, and maybe in every playground, a way to tell the parents that their hearts are with us and they wish us peace. That would be pretty awesome,” Marquez Greene said.

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