I.  SAID. NO.

I am Rowan’s mother.  MY NO MATTERED S

and I am Rowan’s father.  MY NO MATTEREDS

To the man who killed my son, and the rest:

Rowan was your victim.  You killed him with your arrogance and ignorance, and there is nothing that can change that.  He will always be your victim.

His life was filled with joy until it’s last moments.  Those last moments were NOT painless.   Those last moments were NOT peaceful.  Those last moments were NOT necessary, nor inevitable.

I became your victim when you silenced my voice. I did not consent. I. SAID. NO.

But now I am your survivor.  And I will no longer allow my voice to be quieted.  I AM Rowan’s mother.

Rowan, the morning that he was killed

Rowan, the morning that he was killed