Lucia Krim and Leo Krim, the 6- and 2-year-old who were allegedly slain by their nanny, were remembered yesterday in a memorial service in New York City. Upon the podium was a picture painted by Lucia, behind which her father addressed the crowd. And I cannot even begin to fathom how he found the strength to stand up there as a parent.
People magazine describes the service at Lincoln Center as “emotional.” In a statement to the public, the family emphasized how they wanted their little ones to be remembered:
We want to thank you for your extraordinary outpouring of love and kindness. Lulu and Leo were 2 of our 3 best friends, and we miss them so much. Our daughter Nessie is very strong, and with your support we will be strong for her. Today we gathered family and friends to celebrate the beautiful lives of Lulu and Leo. It is important to us that they are remembered as the sweet, creative, and fun-loving children that they were.
Despite their own tremendous loss, the Krim family appears to be thinking of others. Parents Marina Krim and Kevin Krim have established a fund named after their late children called the Lulu & Leo Fund, which will finance art and science education for kids in schools, museums, and other “community institutions.” The couple looks upon the fund as a way to “honor” their children and their young passions, adding “Lulu’s art classes provided some of her most joyful and enriching moments. We’d like to help other children obtain access to similarly great experiences.”
Before her death, Lulu was very fond of “Art Afternoons” classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And the Krims lovingly seek to bring this joy to other kids:
Unfortunately, there are many children who do not have access to these programs. We created the Lulu & Leo Fund to help more children benefit from these education experiences in art and science.
Please join our family in supporting art and science programs for youth.
The couple also asked for the privacy of their surviving 3-year-old daughter, Nessie Krim, for whom they would like “the opportunity to grow up privately, like any other kid.” Let’s hope that she is afforded that much.
(Watch below for the Krim family music teacher, Daniel Bogart, performing “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright III. Family friend, Jonathan Kitto, also shares his condolences)