Last Friday something terrible, something that should have never happened, did. Twenty children and seven adults died in Newtown. Most were at
Like everyone who has heard of this
tragedy, I’m heartsick. I can’t do my usual Thursday Thirteen post. Instead,
I’d like to remember those we've lost. Sandy Hook Elementary
· Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female. Her brother, John Hagen, described her saying, "She was going to go some places in this world. This little girl could light up the room for anyone."
· Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male. His family said, “He was fearless in the pursuit of happiness in life.”
· Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female. Rachel was a behavioral therapist whose passion was working with children within the autism spectrum.
· Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female. Her uncle, John Engel told reporters, “She was a child who lit up a room and the people around her."
· Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female. Josephine liked purple, riding her bike and selling lemonade.
· Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female. Ana liked to sing and, rumor has it, there’s an internet video of her performing, “Come, Thou Almighty King,"if you’d like to see her.
· Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male. His grandmother, Theresa Moretti, said he liked eating garlic bread, playing video games and watching movies.
· Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female. Dawn was
principal. People say she was smiling more often than not and she had a way of
letting children know she cared about them.
· Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female. Madeleine loved reading, dancing and running.
· Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female. Catherine had bright red hair and an infectious smile. She loved animals.
· Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male. His neighbor Kevin Grimes, spoke of Chase saying, “You couldn't think of a better child."
· Nancy Lanza, 52,
was the gunman's mother and his first victim. Nancy
· Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male. Barbara McSperrin, a family friend describes, Jesse as "a typical 6-year-old little boy, full of life."
· James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male. His family called him “J”. They said he liked to eat and to sing.
· Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female. Her family called her "the love and light" of their family.
· Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female. Anne Marie died shielding others.
· Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female. People said Emilie liked to make cards, draw pictures and bring cheer to others.
· Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male. Jack was a New York Giants fan.
· Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male. His uncle, Alexis Haller, described Noah as "smart as a whip." Noah liked to read and figure out how things worked.
· Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female. Caroline had brown hair and a huge smile that will be missed.
· Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female. Jessica loved horses. She was hoping to get one when she became ten.
· Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female. Avielle was happiest when she was on horseback.
· Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female. Lauren just landed the job as a teacher and her family said this year was the best year of her life.
· Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female. She worked at
Sandy Hook as
the school psychologist. When she heard the shots she ran to help.
· Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female.
was a teacher who gave her life trying to save others. Her mom said she’d
wanted to be a teacher since she was three. People said she had a gift for making students feel special. Victoria
· Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male. Ben loved soccer and swimming.
· Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female. Allison was a kind-hearted girl who liked drawing and wanted to be an artist.
In lieu of comments, please take a moment to pray for
Newtown and the families
who will never be the same. Thank you.
None of this information is first hand. The fabulous reporting of the sources listed above allowed me to collect a fact or two about each victim. Thanks.