Marina and Kevin Krim of Manhattan mourned their two slain kids earlier this month and are now working to keep the memories of Lucia, nicknamed Lulu, and Leo alive.
Yoselyn Ortega, 50, the woman responsible for caring for Lucia, 6, and Leo, 2, was charged with first- and second-degree murder on Nov. 3, for allegedly stabbing the two Upper West Side children to death before turning the knife on herself, the AP reports. But the devastated parents say that they want to "celebrate the beautiful lives of Lulu and Leo,” instead of focusing on their senseless murder, according to the Daily News.
One way they're hoping to do so is with the recently launched Lulu & Leo Fund, which will bring art programs to underprivileged kids.
"As the parents of Lulu and Leo, we want to honor our children through carrying on their love of arts and sciences education,” the Krims wrote on the fund’s website. “Our children have loved the many art and science programs in the cities in which we have lived, such as Lulu’s beloved ‘Art Afternoons’ class at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
Marina came upon the gruesome scene on Oct. 25 when she returned to her apartment with her 3-year-old daughter in tow. She found the bodies of Lulu and Leo in the bathtub of the family’s upscale apartment. The nanny was lying on the bathroom floor with stab wounds to the neck, according to the AP.
But as the grieving parents continue to mourn the incomprehensible loss of Lulu and Leo they say that they remain focused on preserving the uplifting memories.
“It is important to us that they are remembered as the sweet, creative, and fun-loving children they were,” Kevin Krim said in a statement.
Feeling inspired? Learn more about the Lulu & Leo Fund here.