A Michigan man who lost his daughter in last week’s Times Square incidenthas left a touching note amongst the memorial.
Alyssa Elsman, 18, was hit and killed Thursday while visiting Times Square with her 13-year-old sister and mother. Her sister Ava was wounded, along with 23 others. Navy veteran Richard Rojas plowed into the crowd of pedestrians at the tourist hub. He killed Elsman on the first day of her New York City vacation, according to WWMT-TV. Rojas had a history of driving while intoxicated and was allegedly on drugs at the time of the incident.
“Alyssa loved this city ... she loved Times Square,” wrote Alyssa Elsman’s father, Thomas Elsman on the memorial according to the New York Daily News.
Elsman stopped by the memorial on Saturday after driving 13 hours from Kalamazoo, Michigan according to WWMT-TV. He wrote a lengthy note for his daughter, which was framed and left on the NYPD concrete barrier with a rosary. Elsman thanked locals for their kind words and thoughts about his late teen.
“This impromptu memorial dedicated to our daughter and seeing and talking to you many of you has helped me cope with our loss,” he wrote.
The note detailed the man’s grief.
“I always have the answers.. But I am blank... I have a hole in my heart that can never be filled,” he wrote. “My world changes when you came into it and it is unexplainable with you leaving it.”