PALM BEACH COUNTY (CBSMiami) – The South Florida family at the center of the horrific Thanksgiving Day murders more than two years ago are celebrating the birth of a new child.
Muriel and Jim Sitton lost their six-year-old daughter Makayla when Paul Merhige opened fire at the Sitton’s home in Jupiter in 2009. Little Maykala and three other family members were killed.READ MORE: Fla. State Sen. Ileana Garcia On Critical Race Theory: 'I Have Been Discriminated On All Fronts. Should We Take It Personally?'
While they’ll never get over the grief of losing their daughter, the Sitton’s decided to have another child. That child was born just before 1:00 p.m. Monday. Her name is Natalia Grace, according to WPEC in Palm Beach County.READ MORE: Hearing Held Ahead Of The Start Of Dayonte Resiles’ Murder Trial
Before she was born, Jim Sitton had nicknamed her “our rainbow baby” and wrote a beautiful poem to her, saying she was the rainbow God sent them after a terrible storm. She brings colors into their black and blue lives.
The Sittons chose the name Natalia because it was Makayla’s favorite name and because it means “Christ’s birthday” or “born on Christmas” and that was Makayla’s favorite time of year. Her middle name is “Grace” to celebrate God’s grace on them.MORE NEWS: Hate Ends Now: The Holocaust Cattle Car Experience
As for Merhige, he pleaded guilty to the murders in October 2011 and was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences.