Couple Who Lost 3 Kids in Plane Crash Welcome an 'Amazing Gift'

A new daughter brings 'light to our darkness'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2016 5:35 PM CDT
Couple Who Lost 3 Kids in Plane Crash Welcome an 'Amazing Gift'
People inspect the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014 in the Ukraine.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

An Australian couple who described living "in a hell beyond hell" after their three children were killed in a 2014 plane crash welcomed an "amazing gift" this week: a brand-new daughter, the Guardian reports. When Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was brought down by an anti-aircraft missile over the Ukraine, all 298 passengers were killed. That included the three young children of Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris, who also lost her father in the crash, Mashable reports. Maslin and Norris say their family was "torn apart" by that missile.

But the birth of daughter Violet this week brought "light to our darkness," Norris and Maslin say. "As Martin Luther King said: 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,'" ABC quotes a statement from the family as saying. "We believe that Mo, whose 14th birthday was Saturday, Evie, 12 next week, Otis, 10 next month, and granddad Nick have sent us an amazing gift," the statement reads. "Violet's birth is a testament to our belief that love is stronger than hate." (More uplifting news stories.)

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