Marlo Thomases parents, who own and run a local boutique jewelry shop, say they’re not “outraged” by what they call the “tomboy rebellion” against their daughter, Angies jewelry store.
They believe that their daughter was kidnapped and murdered.
They’re calling for an end to the harassment, threats and intimidation.
In a letter to CNN, Marlo says she is very upset by what she calls the “unjust and inexcusable” backlash to her store’s decision to open an online shop.
The letter says her business is not a pawnshop.
The “toxic environment” is a “cancer” and a “threat to the very existence of this nation.”
She says she has been threatened, intimidated and called a “bitch” for opening an online store.
She says her store has “never faced anything like this.”
The letter was published in The Hill newspaper, where she is a columnist.
The backlash against her was not new.
In 2014, Marloes daughter, Jennifer, was abducted and murdered in Georgia.
Her mother and sister have since sued her for wrongful death and for $7.5 million in damages.
Jennifer Thomas’ killer remains at large.
She was 16 years old.
Marlo also had been the victim of a carjacking and theft when she was just 17.
The police arrested and charged her with aggravated battery.
She spent six months in prison.
She left school and became a waitress, working at a restaurant.
She married in the mid-2000s and has a daughter.
She said she doesn’t think her daughter would have been targeted had she been an adult.
She also says that she has never seen her daughter being harassed or threatened, nor do she think she would have survived what happened to her.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have survived,” she said.
“I don’t think she was targeted.
I don’t see it that way.”
Marlo has received numerous death threats, including one from someone who called her a “terrorist” and “baby killer.”
She has been receiving death threats online since April, when she published her letter, which she says has been shared more than 1,200 times.
She told CNN that she did not receive any death threats.
She has posted a number of messages on Twitter and Instagram, urging people to keep their children safe.
“As you know, our daughter was murdered,” she wrote.
“We feel it is our duty to stand with her family, and support them in whatever way we can.”
Marlois store will be open for business The letter from Marlo’s parents said that the “very existence of our business is a cancer that has threatened the very survival of this country.”
The letters are signed by Marlo, her mother and the store’s owners.
The store’s parent company, B.P.C. Diamonds, announced in August that it was canceling its online shop in response to threats of violence.
“The threats we received today were deeply disturbing and disturbing, and they are completely unacceptable,” said the statement from the company.
“However, we do not want to be the ones to let anyone down.”
The statement said the company would reopen in an “all-new and totally different environment.”
Marlon Thomas, whose family has owned and operated the jewelry shop since the 1970s, said in a statement that his daughter would “never have had this experience if she was a child.”
He said the business will reopen “in the same way as it was before,” with the same staff, same customers and “the same level of customer service.”
He told CNN the business would be open to the public.
The business’s owners also released a statement, saying the decision to shut down the shop was made to protect their “children, their families and the communities they serve.”
They also said they would continue to work with local police to keep the community safe.
The chain’s online shop was not available for comment at the time of publication.