August 1, 2021

“I wish her death was not in vain”: the letter from Anna and Olivia’s mother | Univision Mundo News

“I wish the death of Anna (1 year) and Olivia (6 years) it was not in vain. And that although now we feel the greatest hatred, hopelessness and pain, it is not to bring more suffering to the world but rather the opposite. May it transcend in love for children in the form of protection, education and respect, “wrote Zimmermann, 35.

Last Thursday the Spanish Civil Guard found the lifeless body of Olivia, 6 years old, the eldest daughter, 1,000 meters deep in the sea. Search efforts at sea continue with the hypothesis that Tomás Gimeno committed suicide in the water after killing his daughters and weighing their corpses to a very deep place.

Against Gimeno, Zimmermann’s ex-partner, there is an international search and seizure order Although the investigation of the case is convinced that he did not escape but ended his life after murdering the girls.

During the more than 40 days of searching, Beatriz Zimmermann He always expressed his hope that Gimeno, as he had made him understand in his last calls, had traveled to another country with the girls but without doing any harm to them.

“With all the pain in my soul, I want to write you a letter of thanks. To all of you who have been in hearts and prayers with them and with me accompanying them every day since they disappeared, offering all the love and help so that it had an end happy, “he says in his letter.

And he adds: “Unfortunately it was not like that, suffering in pain the most monstrous act that a person can commit: kill your own innocent children. “

“Thanks to them vicarious violence is known”

Beatriz Zimmermann, in her letter, asks above all that the death of her daughters serve to children are better protected in cases of maltreatment towards the mother.

“Thanks to them, many parents now look at their children differently and value love and the daily moments of simple things much more. That wonderful day to day that I miss so much. What I would give to comb their hair … That simple act right now is what I would most like … “, he writes.

And he adds: “Thanks to them, the meaning of vicarious violence is known. I hope that the laws become tougher protecting children. They do not have to carry that backpack, and if love ends, the most important thing is well-being. of the children “.

The judge in charge of the case wrote in the court order that the defendant wanted “ cause your ex-partner the greatest pain he could imagine, by deliberately placing her in the uncertainty about the fate or fate that Olivia and Anna had suffered at her hands ”.

Vicarious or “substitutionary” violence It is the instrumental violence that the aggressor exerts on the children to harm the mother. One of its most common scenarios is after a separationWhen you no longer have direct access to your ex-partner, the aggressor causes you pain through your children.

If there is abuse in the parents, you have to be very blunt because children cannot be growing up seeing violence. Children are the future and it is very important that they grow up observing an environment of respect, peace, love and tranquility … “, asks Zimmermann.

And he adds: “They are now two angels who have come into the world teaching a great lesson at the cost of their lives … And I … being his mother, I will fight against these injustices and the welfare of children. For them and for all the children. Anna and Olivia were full of love, every day I told them every moment that I loved them very much “.

“I wish I had been with them at that time”

Beatriz Zimmermman recounts in her letter the pain caused by not having been able to save the lives of her little girls Anna and Olivia.

“Children are our responsibility and as a mother it hurts my soul not to be able to have saved their lives. I wish I had been at that moment with them hand in hand and die together … But that could not be because Tomás wanted me to suffer searching for them relentlessly and for life“, dice.

And he adds: “That was the reason why he left me alive … And of course, he did not end up as the greatest murderer in history. Here justice came to light.”

Zimmermman, in the same tender and loving tone in which he has spoken since the case began, ends his letter with a message of love.

“Olivia and Anna, now the little angels of the children, ask that they give all the love to their children, dedication, respect, and that values ​​are instilled in them for a better world. They will have died in body, but their soul is with all of us forever, helping to have more awareness, love and respect for us. The vast majority of people are incredible beings, they have shown it in this cruel act with compassion and pain “.