Megan Hiatt thanks GoFundMe donors who helped cover burial costs for her father and children

By Chris Harris
Updated December 03, 2015 12:10 PM
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Credit: Courtesy Megan Hiatt/Facebook

Megan Hiatt, who was allegedly forced on Nov. 19 to hold her twin five-month-old daughters as the children’s father killed them, Megan’s father and then himself, has spoken out for the first time.

In a message posted to the GoFundMe page raising money for Hiatt’s mounting medical expenses and the burial costs for her father and daughters, the 22-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, woman thanked the more than 500 supporters who have donated a combined $26,300 to her campaign thus far.

The support she has received has brought her to tears more than once, she writes.

Because of the donations, “my daughters were able to be buried in beautiful white coffins next to my father, our night in shining armor,” Hiatt’s post reads. “I don’t know how to thank you for that blessing and love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear friends.”

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Hiatt adds: “Emotionally, I’m taking it one day at time, but my thoughts are becoming more clear and when I am recovered and well, I look forward to becoming a major advocate for domestic violence issues.”

The post claims that Hiatt, who was shot five times in the attack, has been making progress in her ongoing recovery. She has had eight surgeries, including just to repair damage to her left leg.

Hiatt says she has “many more” surgeries still to endure, but that the “thoughts, prayers, and all other efforts on my behalf haven’t gone unnoticed and are all greatly appreciated. They are the reason that I am alive.”

Police claim that the twin girls’ father, 28-year-old Gawain Rushane Wilson, entered Hiatt s home killed the twins and Hiatt’s father before taking his own life, leaving Hiatt the shooting spree’s sole survivor.

In her online post, Hiatt proudly writes she can once again hold a cup with her left hand, which was “injured in the crossfire.”