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Family finds 2 reasons to give thanks 4 years after tragic deathsUPDATED 12:50 AM HST Nov 28, 2013Video Transcript
FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY, 6 YEAR OLD MAKAYLA SITTON AND THREE FAMILY MEMBERS WERE SHOT TO DEATH BY A COUSIN. PAUL MERHIGE TOOK THOSE LIVES AND SHATTERED MANY OTHERS... NOW THE FAMILY IS SAYING THEY HAVE TWO REASONS TO BE THANKFUL THIS YEAR. ARI HAIT REPORTS FROM JUPITER. 3 49:31-38 - there we go! Ok. Listen to the pretty song. Starts playing...THIS IS THE KIND OF MEMORY THAT CAN LAST A LIFETIME -- AND IT'S THE KIND OF MEMORY MURIEL AND JIM SITTON WOULDN'T HAVE EVEN DREAMED OF FOUR YEARS AGO -- COULDN'T HAVE DREAMED OF AS RECENTLY AS 21 MONTHS AGO WHEN NATALIA GRACE WAS BORN.jim sitton/makayla's dad - 1:38-45 - natalia has been a balm to our wound that I didn't think would heal.nat of makayla?THIS IS MAKAYLA JOY, NATALIA'S OLDER SISTER. THANKSGIVING, 2009, A FAMILY MEMBER STARTED SHOOTING INSIDE THE SITTON HOME -- MAKAYLA, JUST A FEW WEEKS SHY OF HER SEVENTH BIRTHDAY -- WAS KILLED. FOR TWO YEARS, THE SITTONS STRUGGLED TO SIMPLY FUNCTION -- AND THEN CAME NATALIA.nat of eskimo kissjim sitton/makayla's dad - 2:20-28 - right when natalia was born, it was like the veil started lifting and that dark cloud was lifted.BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL A MONTH LATER, A MORNING WHERE JIM WOKE UP, THAT HE REALIZED THAT CLOUD WAS REALLY GONE, REPLACED WITH MUSIC.jim sitton/makayla's dad - 1:00:50-02 - I hear muriel singing amazing grace. And she was singing to natalia. And right at that moment, it was like wow. We're going to make it.AND NOW, THERE'S MORE -- MURIEL IS PREGNANT. THEY SAW THE HEARTBEAT FOR THE FIRST TIME ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH -- EXACTLY FOUR YEARS AFTER MAKAYLA WAS KILLED. IT'S ANOTHER GIRL -- SOMETHING ELSE TO BE THANKFUL FOR THIS HOLIDAY.jim sitton/makayla's dad - 5:13-15 - makayla will always be a part of her life. 50:54-02 - but now I see. Baby. Was that nice?