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Marriott family breaks silence about trial
Melissa and Bob Marriott talk to reporters Thursday after a judge sentenced Seth Mazzaglia to life without parole for killing their daughter, Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Speaking up for 'Lizzi'Melissa Marriott, Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott's mother: Lizzi's "enthusiasm was infectious" when she talked about marine life, her mother said. "We used to go to Hampton Beach several times a summer," Melissa Marriott said. "I can't imagine going to the ocean in New Hampshire ever again."
Nicole Downey, a close friend of Lizzi's since childhood: Downey was six months pregnant when Lizzi was murdered. Downey said she can't imagine how to one day tell her baby daughter what happened. "How am I supposed to tell her that monsters really do exist?" she asked.
Bob Marriott, Lizzi's father: He read two poems Lizzi had written, one titled "Thief." "Even if you break me, tear away my soul, rip from me my silver wings, and leave with what you stole," Bob Marriott read, in tears. "Never will they bless you, or help when you're afraid. Merely useless trinkets, with me they should have stayed. Take away my everything, but when all is said and done, you'll sit with your treasure, but it's me who's truly won."
Susan Marriott, Lizzi's paternal grandmother: "In my 82 years, this is the most horrific event I've had to live through. We all have had to experience a tragedy that should never have happened."
Becky Hanna, Lizzi's aunt: "You will not take away our strength, our love for Lizzi, our happy future, our family bond, our everlasting love for family and friends," she told Mazzaglia.
Tony Hanna, Lizzi's uncle: "You are a twisted individual who brought only darkness and pain to this world," he said to Mazzaglia. "I will take comfort that you will live in your darkness until the day you die."
She and the Marriott family broke that silence in a media room filled with television cameras, after Judge Steven Houran gave Mazzaglia maximum sentences on all charges related to the murder of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott and the attempted cover-up that followed.
She spoke specifically to Roberta Gerkin and Paul Hickock, two Rochester residents whom Mazzaglia’s former girlfriend, Kathryn McDonough, called to the Dover apartment Mazzaglia and McDonough shared after Mazzaglia had strangled Marriott and raped her limp body on the night of Oct. 9, 2012.
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