ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) – The families of a reporter and a 9-year-old girl that were killed in a shooting spree in Orlando will share memories of their loved ones on Thursday.
According to NBC Affiliate WESH, attorney Mark Nejame will be hosting the parents of 9-year-old T’Yonna Major and 24-year-old Spectrum News 13 reporter Dylan Lyons for a news conference.
In a release from Nejame’s office, it was stated that the two families have met and are working through the tragedy together.
“The families and Mark NeJame will speak to the loss of their beloved children and fiancée, the grief that they share, the politicization by some politicians who are exploiting their children’s deaths, the memorial and scholarship plans of each families, gun violence in America, and their heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of public support for them and for the support of their GoFundMe accounts,” the release said, according to WESH.
During an emotional testimony from both families, Dylan Lyon’s father expressed how sorry he was to his son and said it should’ve been him instead.
“I’m so sorry to my son because I wish I could’ve taken the bullet,” Gary Lyons, Dylan Lyons’ father said. Dylan’s mother, Beth Lyons added that a piece of her died when she heard the news that her son had been killed.
“When Dylan was killed, I died, too,” Lyons said through tears. “As a mother, he was supposed to bury me, I wasn’t supposed to bury him.”
Sitting beside Dylan’s parents and his fiancé were the parents of 9-year-old T’Yonna Major, who left the press conference shortly before it was over due to the emotions.
“She had a dream, she loved everybody, she had a desire to help people,” her mother shared. “She was just my heart, my angel. I just miss her so much. I can’t do this…I can’t do this.”
T’Yonna’s father, Tokiyo Major, who’d been embraced by Gary Lyons had stayed behind after his wife left to express how he felt about his daughter.
“She was my everything. She was my heart. They call me ‘Mr. Mom,'” Tokiyo said.
“My soul is gone. She was my gymnast, my number friend, we didn’t miss no practice.” “It’s hard, man. She was my everything. Until we meet again, daddy loves you.”
Dylan Lyon’s fiancée, who was considered a daughter by Dyaln’s parents, reflected on their relationship.
“There is nothing Dylan and I wanted more than to get married and have a baby together,” Casey Fite said.
Dylan’s mom said she plans to work with UCF to ensure reporters are safer in the field. She said she wants to make sure no mother goes through what she’s going through.
The families stated that there are plans for a public vigil to take place next week.