Taeko Narita, 37, whose daugther Yukimaro, 5, was murdered in Tokagane City, Chiba Prefecture, last Sunday, made her first public comments on the case after the funeral on Thursday.
In a letter to media, Narita said: “I have never imagined that I would have to say goodbye to my daughter like this. Although she lived only five years, she was loved by everyone and her life was full of happiness. Now, I just regret I couldn't do a lot more for her as her mother.
“I can't stop asking myself why did this have to happen to my daughter. I am angry and frustrated because the killer has not been caught, but I know that even if he is found and apologizes, Yukimaro will never come back. I just freeze with horror when I imagine the suffering and terror that she must have felt in those final moments."
Narita urged authorities and the community to provide a safer community for children. "What we can do for Yukimaro is make our community safer for children through cooperation among police, media and local residents."
She concluded her remarks by saying: "I really appreciate all the concern and support from the bottom of my heart.”© Japan Today