PERTH, AUSTRALIA (WWBT) - - An Australian couple whose three children died in the 2014 downing of a Malaysian Airlines airliner has welcomed a new baby girl to the world, saying that she has brought "light to our darkness."
According to TODAY, Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris celebrated the birth of their daughter, Violet May Maslin, on Tuesday, according to a statement the family released through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
"We still live with pain, but Violet, and the knowledge that all four kids are with us always, brings light to our darkness," the family said in a statement. "As Martin Luther King said, 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.'"
The birth of little baby Violet comes months ahead of the two-year anniversary of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy, where the Boeing 777 was mistakenly shot down by pro-Russian forces with a surface-to-air missile during the conflict between Putin-backed rebels and the nation of Ukraine.
All 298 passengers and crew on board were killed. Among them, the couple's children, Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, 8, who TODAY reports were traveling home to Australia with the grandfather after a European vacation.
"We believe that Mo, whose 14th birthday was Saturday, Evie, 12 next week, Otis, 10 next month, and Grandad Nick have sent us an amazing gift," a portion of the family's statement read. "Violet's birth is a testament to our belief that love is stronger than hate."
"We will continue to love all four of our children equally. Violet brings some hope and joy for us. We hope she brings hope and joy for you too," the couple's statement closed.
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