'We live in a hell beyond hell': Aussie parents who lost three children on MH17

Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin and their grandfather Nick were killed on MH17. (Supplied photo)

Evie, Mo and Otis Maslin and their grandfather Nick were killed on MH17. (Supplied photo)

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, Last Updated: 2:32 PM ET

Australian parents Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris released an emotional statement after their three children and Norris's father were killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot out of the sky over eastern Ukraine last Thursday.

"Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell," the couple wrote. "No one deserves what we are going through. Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky."

In the open letter to Ukraine, politicians, the media, family and friends, the couple says no hate in the world is as strong as the love they have for their children and Norris's father Nick.

Their children, 12-year-old Mo, 10-year-old Evie and eight-year-old Otis, were on their way home from a holiday in Amsterdam when the plane was shot down. Maslin and Norris were still in Amsterdam at the time. They returned home on July 19.


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The couple previously declined to speak to the media, but did attend a football game oldest son Mo was scheduled to play in Perth, in Western Australia, on Sunday. They spoke to the team before green and yellow balloons were released.

Australia's foreign affairs department released the letter Wednesday.

Maslin and Norris said the "expression of love" from family and friends is what is keeping them alive.

They also thanked officials from the foreign affairs department and The Hague and asked the media to respect their privacy.

"Pain is not a story," they wrote.

FULL STATEMENT

A message to the soldiers in the Ukraine, the politicians, the media, our friends and family.

Our pain is intense and relentless. We live in a hell beyond hell.

Our babies are not here with us -- we need to live with this act of horror, every day and every moment for the rest of our lives.

No one deserves what we are going through.

Not even the people who shot our whole family out of the sky.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for our children, for Mo, for Evie, for Otis.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for Grandad Nick.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other.

This is a revelation that gives us some comfort.

We would ask everyone to remember this when you are making any decisions that affect us and the other victims of this horror.

So far, every moment since we arrived home, we've been surrounded by family and friends. We desperately pray that this continues, because this expression of love is what is keeping us alive. We want to continue to know about your lives, all the good and all the bad. We no longer have lives that we want to live by ourselves. So we'd like to take the chance to thank everyone, all our incredible friends, family and communities, and to tell you all that we love you very much.

We would also like to thank the people at DFAT; the local co-ordinator Claire and most sincerely, Diana and Adrian from The Hague, without whom we would not be here. We ask the media to respect the privacy of our family and friends -- pain is not a story.

Yours truly

Anthony Maslin & Marite Norris


The convoy of hearses with the remains of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, drives past international flags as it leaves Eindhoven airport to a military base in Hilversum July 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)

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