On what would have been Thomas Valva’s 10th birthday, his East Moriches elementary school today held a dedication ceremony for a blue bench in the little boy’s name.
Members of the East Moriches Elementary School community wore blue during the heartfelt event in honor of Thomas, whose father and father’s now ex-fiancée are charged with second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child in Thomas’ freezing death on January 17, 2020.
The metal bench reads: “IN LOVING MEMORY OF THOMAS VALVA.” It was decorated today with blue balloons and dozens of spinning blue plastic pinwheels.
Michael Valva, 41, an NYPD officer, and his former bride-to-be, Angela Pollina, 43 forced the Thomas, then just 8, to sleep overnight inside their Center Moriches home’s frigid garage, where temperatures dipped into the teens, police said. Thomas died of hypothermia.
Valva and Pollina both face 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Their case may not go to trial until January due to COVID-19 concerns.
This afternoon, Thomas’ mother Justyna Zubko-Valva posted a deeply passionate note Facebook and Twitter to mark her son’s birthday.
“Even though Tommy was only eight years old, and the last years of his precious life while living with his murderers — father Michael Valva and his fiancé Angela Pollina — were filled with brutal and inhumane tortures, … Tommy carried his daily crosses as a martyr with bravery strength and endurance,” Zubko-Valva wrote.
Justyna Zubko-Valva’s note in its entirety
“Today on September 14, 2021 my little angel Tommy would have been celebrating his 10th birthday. This special day of his birth was chosen by God to fall on exactly the same day as we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross to honor the death on the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ who defeated the death and opened the doors for us to Heaven. Our Heavenly Father welcomed Tommy in his Kingdom on January 17, 2020. Even though Tommy was only eight years old, and the last years of his precious life while living with his murderers -father Michael Valva and his fiancé Angela Pollina – were filled with brutal and inhumane tortures, as well as horrific sexual physical and mental abuse, Tommy carried his daily crosses as a martyr with bravery strength and endurance. Many people involved in this case have Tommy’s blood on their hands. Their evil actions of being directly involved in the horrific abuse of all my three children, or indirectly by hiding and covering up the abuse for huge financial gains, power and high positions are going to be judged by our Almighty God who knows exactly the heart of every person. No evil action can be exempt from God‘s judgment and go unpunished. I know in my heart that Tommy is very close to God. Our family have seen many miracles that happened through Tommy’s intercession to God and Holy Mary, and we are extremely grateful for each one of them.Tommy our sweet little angel We love you so much…more than the words can express, and we miss you tremendously every day. We are so grateful for your love and presence in our lives. We always pray for you hoping that one day we will meet again. I am certain that Tommy intercedes to God and Holy Mary, and obtains many graces and blessings for everyone who prays and asks his assistance and help. I can share with you that when we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the soul of Tommy and other departed souls, we see many signs in the sky, such as suddenly appearing sun and sun rays piercing through the thick clouds, and the sky that turns into beautifully colored blue sky. Those signs confirm the presence of God and Holy Mary together with Tommy.At last, thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your prayers, kind words and great support. Please continue praying for Tommy, his brothers, and our family to receive justice. God bless. J“Justyna Zubko-Valva
Sept. 14, 2021
Above photo: Facebook