In the aftermath of the tragic Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash, comes a birth. Australian couple Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris lost three children to the flight that was shot down by a missile on July 17, 2014 in eastern Ukraine.
The Perth couple's three kids were traveling with their grandfather Nick Norris on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
An international investigation discovered that the plane was shot down by pro-Russia separatists, according to the Daily Mail. All 298 passengers on board were killed, including the children’s grandfather.
Now, the couple has a new bundle of joy, reports Mashable. Violet May Maslin was born on May 11, bringing “love and light, hope and joy,” according to a family statement provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
"Our family was torn apart when MH17 was blown out of the sky by the violent anger of a nationalist missile," the statement read.
The couple would have celebrated their deceased children’s birthdays recently, but Violet’s birth has given them happiness amid the sorrow.
According to the statement:
We believe that Mo, whose 14th birthday was Saturday, Evie, 12 next week, Otis, 10 next month, and grandad Nick have sent us an amazing gift. Violet's birth is a testament to our belief that love is stronger than hate.
We still live with pain, but Violet, and the knowledge that all four kids are with us always, brings light to our darkness. ...
We will continue to love all four of our children equally. Violet brings some hope and joy for us. We hope she brings hope and joy for you too.
On March 8, 2014, tragedy struck another Malaysia Airlines flight when MH370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean. The plane, traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, vanished leaving all 239 passengers presumed dead.
The Malaysian government and airline received condemnation from numerous countries for failing to disclose information about the disappearance. The families of all 239 victims have not yet received answers regarding what caused the incident or where the bodies of their relatives are.